Bangalore: Child trafficking is not something new to India, but the alarming increase in the number of Kids subjected to this torture has lead to serious discussions. The reasons behind this pathetic situation are many-from poverty to the growing demand for laborers. Many fraud placement agencies are targeting poor minor girls, as reported by Priyali Sur of CNN-IBN.
"I will not go back home without my daughter," said Mammuni, to Priyali Sur of CNN-IBN.
This led CNN-IBN and NGO Bachpan Bachao Aandolan join a police raid and they were successful in finding several minor girls along with their male agents. They were surprised to find girls of all ages and some of them were just around 7 years old.
However Mamuni was able to find Dolon, the agent who brought her daughter to Delhi on pretext of getting her a job. The agent was taken to the police station, after severe questioning he spilled the beans, revealing the girl is working as a domestic maid in Kothi. "I have brought three or four girls so far. I get paid Rs 7000 to 8000 for each girl," he said. Dolon exposed the trading secrets, as he confessed many agents are functioning in Assam trying to lure young girls. They target the weak and the poor, promising them they would be given a job and later these girls would be sold in flesh trade or will be sold as bonded laborers.
The police were able to crack the case based on Dolonís information by finding Mamuniís child in Kothi. The motherís cries finally paid off, as she got her daughter back.
The law in India prohibits employment of children below the age of fourteen. Namrata, the childís employer was booked under child labor law.
Namrata also disclosed, "Initially the agent takes Rs 30,000-36,000. Then they come every month to collect the maid's salary of Rs 2,800".
Poverty alone in cannot be blamed for this situation; on the other hand the demand in urban cities for domestic help is the main reason behind child trafficking. Trafficking is a violation of human rights. Victims of trafficking often suffer from physical and mental abuse leading to social isolation.