The Maharashtra State has established Anti Human Trafficking Cell on 31/03/2008 under Crime Investigation Department, M.S.Pune to have effective and prompt and speedy action to solve the various problems of Anti Human Trafficking. The Special Inspector General of Police(PAW)CID,M.S.Pune has been nominated as a nodal officer for the State of Maharashtra.
12 Anti-Human Trafficking units are established in the state of Maharashtra. These units are functioning in Mumbai, Thane city, Thane Rural, Pune, Sangli, Nagpur, Ahamednagar, Navi Mumbai, Solapur City, Beed, Kolhapur and Yavatmal. They are all fully operational. State Nodal Officer Maharashtra has attached two NGOs and officer from Women and Child Dept. to the each AHTUs, so that AHTU become a wholesome unit dedicated to the cause of Anti Human Trafficking. They have been equipped with infrastructure and are taking a lead in conducting rescue operations. Various rescue operations have been conducted and victims have been rescued and traffickers have been arrested from the time these units have been established. Police Inspectors working in the Social Service Branch in the Commissionerate and District Crime Branch of Maharashtra Police have been notified as 'Special Police Officer' for the purpose of Anti Human Trafficking.
Regular training workshops have been held for police officers, NGOs and prosecutors to sensitize them regarding anti human trafficking and its seriousness and impact on society, to develop victim friendly approach and to enhance their investigative skills.