• Sunday, October 02, 2022


US honours Indian cop for decade-long fight against human trafficking

Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat receives the U.S. government’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Hero award.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

Convicting traffickers operating across state and national borders is the biggest challenge law enforcement agencies face today, an Indian police officer said after winning the U.S. government’s 2017 Trafficking in Persons Hero award. The U.S. State Department named Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat one of eight winners this year, citing his leadership in combating modern slavery in India, his role in elevating human trafficking as a government priority and his innovative approach to investigating cases. Bhagwat, 48, was presented the award in absentia in Washington on Tuesday (27). “This award is a recognition for the cause that I have been fighting against for more than a decade,” said Bhagwat, now police chief…

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