In a case reported in September, 61 child labourers were rescued from five jewellery making units in Chennai. All the children rescued were boys, from West Bengal, reported the Times of India. Police conducted surprise searches at the five units simultaneously acting on a tip-off.
India is a destination and transit country for forced labour and sex trafficking. Men, women and children from the disadvantaged social classes of India are victims of trafficking. The Global Report on Trafficking released by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) in 2012 shows that 27 percent of the victims of trafficking, between the years 2007 and 2010 are children.
Every day, around 3000 children are victims of child trafficking. Estimates by the International Organization for Migration shows that the profits from trafficking are up to 10 billion US dollars a year. Children are used for purposes like sexual exploitation, begging, or forced marriages. Children are employed in construction work, or as domestic servants. The trafficked children are also given to parents waiting to adopt them for a considerable amount of money.
A global anti-human trafficking organisation, A21 conducted the Annual Walk for freedom, in association with a Mumbai-based non-profit organisation, The Movement India, on October 20, reports Hindu. In India, the event was held in 10 cities simultaneously; Mumbai, Kochi, Delhi, Kolkata, Shillong, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Panjim and Pune. More than 450 cities across the globe took part in the walk, covering a total of 50 countries.
East Singhbhum, a district in Jharkhand is set to eradicate human trafficking and child labour with the combined efforts from five non-profit organisations by identifying vulnerable pockets of the district. “The five organisations were Kalamandir — the Celluloid Chapter Art Foundation, Shramjeevi Mahila Samiti, Adarsh Seva Sansthan, Mahila Kalyan, and Sanskriti under the banner of Civil Societies of Jamshedpur,” reports The Telegraph.
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