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Thursday, December 1, 2016- By Samkutty (0) Comments   
 It is estimated that 200,000 persons are trafficked in India every year. Only 10% of human trafficking in India is international, while almost 90% is interstate. Nearly 40,000 children are abducted every year of which 11000 remain untraced according to a report by the National Human Rights Commission of India.

A countless number of children go missing every year. The category of missing children include a number of problems including abduction or kidnapping of children by family members and by non-family members, run-away children or those forced to run away by family and surrounding circumstances, children who are in a difficult or aggressive environment, trafficked children, and lost children. Because of this wide array of problems it is hard to survey the number of missing children. Often cases are not reported to the police. In 2005 National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) informed that on an average 44000 children are reported missing every year. Of these, as many as 11,000 remain untraced.

Children who go missing may be exploited and abused for various purposes from camel jockeys in the Gulf countries to victims of organ trade and even grotesque cannibalism as reported at Nithari village in Noida. There are also a large number of children who run away from homes after dropping out of school or facing difficulties at home. They usually run away to the glamorous big cities where they fall prey to exploiters and are employed in tea stalls, brothels, beggary, etc. Most of the children come from poorer families who do not have access to police services or whose reports are not taken seriously.

When a child goes missing there no FIR filed as there is no cognizable offence committed. Hence only an entry is made into the General Station Diary at the concerned police office. Information of the missing child is forwards up to the Chief of police as well as locally police officers generate awareness through the media. The police headquarters of each state has a missing person bureau. A database of missing persons is maintained by the Missing Persons Wing at the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in New Delhi.

Some recommendations/suggestions of the NHRC Committee made to state and union governments:

Missing children should become a priority issue with state and union governments and law enforcement agencies.
Every police station should have a special squad and missing person's desk dedicated to tracing missing children. Special Juvenile Police Unit can also be used in this purpose.
Reiterate the High court decision to establish a missing children's cell in the CBI
District administrators are responsible for keeping tabs on the number of working children in his/her district. He/she is required to make regular inspections of these spaces
All missing children cases nationally should be reported to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR)
Missing children's investigation should include the help of the Panchayat and community.
NGO's can also assist in reporting and investigating missing children
NCRB needs to set up a system/database so that all missing children cases are available to local authorities.
Government is required to give ample support to the emergency helpline CHILDLINE 1098
It is advisable that FIRs be filed in the case of missing children.
A CHILDLINE report on missing children discusses the relation of trafficking to missing children. It reports that on average 44,475 children go missing every year. The data also shows an increase in missing children over the years, an increased in untraced cases and increase of cases of missing children in certain metropolitan cities and states led my Maharashtra at a yearly average of 13,881. The report states that children are often kidnapped or trafficked for prostitution, organ donations, employment, and such activities.

The National Centre for Missing Children is an online website where one can search cases of missing children as well as report cases. Many NGOs claim that estimates of missing children are much higher than reported.

To read more trafficking please visit the section on Child Trafficking

India is a fun place but if your child is kidnapped all the fizz would just disappear from your life forever. If you happen to travel to India, you need to be careful with your children and keep an eye on them.

As a parent myself, I need to tell you about the child kidnapping industry in India. Tourists and Indian residents alike are venerable to child kidnapping. Although something like this can happen anywhere in the world as in the case of Madeleine Mccann. Madeleine Mccann was abducted by an unknown person on the evening of 3 May 2007 while holidaying with her parents in the Algarve of Portugal and has still not been found. Similarly, as a parent you too need to take utmost care of your child when holidaying in India.

Child kidnapping industry in India

Missing children in India
About 11 children are kidnapped in India every hour of the day of which half of them are never found. Child trafficking is the third largest profitable industry of the world and India seems to be in the thick of it. India is not only the source, but a destination and transit point for this heinous crime.

Your guess to what happens to these abducted children is as good as mine. Please read them to understand why kidnapping of children takes place.

Kidnapped children used as camel jockeys in Middle East
Why children are abducted

To be used as prostitutes; the biggest reasons for child abduction,

Child abuse and sexual exploitation,

Used as light weight camel jockeys in Arabic nations,

Organ trade and harvesting,

Ransom, as the Indian economy booms so does rise in child abduction,

A case of cannibalism has also been reported,

Human sacrifice to please the gods,

Used as forced labour, domestic servants, work in factories

Used as beggers by gangs after hands and legs are chopped off (read about beggars in India),

Child trafficking to international borders,

Forced into marriages,

Illegal adoption,

Medical trials; yes it does happen

Shipped and used as child soldiers in other countries to fight.

Kidnapping of your child is something that you must be careful of when travelling in India. The worst places for child kidnapping include;

Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have the largest number of people trafficked. Trafficking is also high in Rajasthan, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

Some child safety tips while in holidaying in India

Tell your children not to wander off,

Ask them not to talk to strangers,

Carry your child’s hair for DNA identification,

Don’t make them wear provocative clothing that may appear attractive older men,

Make sure your child knows their name and address, contacts in India,

Always keep an eye on your child,

If you are on the Indian Railways, make sure you don’t completely go to sleep. Many children are

kidnapped while both parents are sleeping. Watch the video below.

Instruct your child to “yell” when they think that they are being abducted. The Indian general public is very respondent in such matters. A crowd will quickly accumulate and might even beat the abductor.

A personal story

When I was a child of three years, me and my parents had gone to Kathmandu in neighbouring country of Nepal. Nepal is a beautiful country with identical culture and language. Indians often travel to Nepal for shopping and site seeing.

While my mum was shopping in a “saree shop”, I wandered out of the shop several meters away. I quickly realised that I was lost and did not know where my mum was. I started crying and some Nepalese students took me and started to take me to the police station. En route, I saw my dad in a road side garage getting his car fixed. I shouted out to him and came immediately. He asked the boys to give his child to him which they refused and took us all to the police station. There the matter was sorted and I was returned.

Now if I had been in the wrong hands of child kidnappers, I would have been easily been kidnapped and god knows what would have happened.

Moral of the story is, keep an eye on your child, and instruct them not to walk away from you, hold their hands all the time. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

A child being abducted on CCTV of Mumbai station

A man was caught abducting a small girl seen in a series of CCTV footages. You can see in this video that a man sits close to a sleeping family on the railway platform and then in a flash gets up and walks away with the child. It’s that easy. That is why you need to alert and cautious when travelling in India.

Beware of child abduction in India

This article is not to frighten or scare you away from India but to alert you that kidnapping and abduction of children do happen. Just be safe, child abduction does happen.

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