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Child trafficking continues in Chhattisgarh, 3 minors rescued from Jharkhand

Chattisgrah TraffickingBy Rashmi Drolia in The Times of India

RAIPUR: Three minor girls of Maoist affected Duldula block of tribal Jashpur district were rescued along with three others of Jharkhand from Kalamati National Highway 75, on intervening night of Friday.

The girls were allegedly being trafficked to Delhi by a local woman tout called Anita Tigga, who was arrested on Saturday. The rescue operation exposed that the accused placement agency runs under the banner of social organization called ‘Sewa Bharti Sanstha’ that claims to work on issues related to tribal affairs in Chhattisgarh, Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.

Incidentally, all the aforementioned states are majorly affected with human trafficking, specially minor girls.

Talking to TOI, Deepak Sharma, sub-divisional police officer, Khunti, Jharkhand said, “Acting on a tip off, a team was sent to Ranchi railway station and Kalamati national highway when Anita was caught with six minor girls, three from Jashpur on a private vehicle. She confessed that she was going towards Delhi and works for a social organization.” The girls were sheltered at Sahyog Village, a children’s home at Khunti, about 70 kilometers from Jashpur, till they are presented before child welfare committee on Saturday.

Jharkhand AHTU in charge Ardhana Singh told TOI that Anita was on the wanted list for last six years for trafficking of thousands of girls from Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to Delhi. “Girls said that Anita had convinced them to accompany her without informing their parents. She would give them skill development training and lavish jobs in Delhi with healthy lifestyle, Anita had promised them. The girls resisted revealing their identity and name of native place as they were told that police may arrest them.”

Evidently, the placement agencies which are running under pressure with consistent raids and arrests of agents, have now started taking refuge under banner of social organizations. Continuing trading and trafficking of girls, the traffickers show as if they were working for tribals.

According to Rishi kant of Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini, the incident reveals that traffickers have began playing safe by taking the road route in stead of trains now. “Chhattisgarh government urgently needs to strengthen law enforcement so that it’s not easy for touts to vroom away with girls cross border without any check. A 30-day campaign against traffickers won’t suffice, it has to be a continuous process. Biggest challenge is for Jashpur police.”

Chhattisgarh police in October and November in 2014 had acted swiftly when Supreme Court taking cognizance on increasing number of children in state, had ordered chief secretary and DGP to investigate and trace those children. Though hundreds of children were traced with arrest of few traffickers, the raids ended with the year. While things went on secondary note, local agents have gone active and abduction of girls begins yet again.

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