03-07-2017 07:00 AM | Pooja Nevewani | My Indian Dream
Mahesh Bhagwat, an IPS Officer, gets awarded for his decade long efforts against human trafficking.
Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer Mahesh Bhagwat was honoured with US government's 2017 Trafficking in Persons Hero award for his tireless and dedicated work in the direction for about a decade. The award was presented in Washington.
Mahesh Bhagwat, aged 48, is now the police chief in Rachakonda district of southern Telangana state. On receiving the award, he said that the award was an acknowledgment for the work he has done against human trafficking for over a decade. He further explained his observations and bewilderment over the first case of human trafficking he came across in 2004.
Mahesh Bhagwat worked as a civil engineer before joining police service. He is known for closing over 25 brothels within a year. He had participated in the country’s largest crackdowns on labour trafficking by rescuing over 350 children who were forced to work in the brick kilns. He is known for his effective protocols and cooperation against trafficking.
Moreover, as per the 2017 Trafficking In Persons report, India’s efforts against human trafficking has been noticeably acknowledged. India has dedicatedly worked to identify the victims and provide rehabilitation to the survivors. Also the government has tirelessly worked over completing investigations.
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