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Spectre of child trafficking menacing
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Aug 9 (NPN):
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Published on 10 Aug. 2009 12:49 AM IST
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Several cases of trafficking in children have been reported during the past few years in the north east where most children end up as menial workers or some females forced into flesh traded, instead of being provided with free education and boarding as promised. The case of 24 children in the age group of 8 to 15 years from Nagaland, indicate that trafficking has also not spared the state as a recent case indicated. Parents of the 24 Naga children mostly from economically poor background were rescued by the Andhra Pradesh Police from the Evangelical Association for Revival Education (EARE) Ministry Harvest India located at Srinivasanagar, Miryalaguda, Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh on June 2, this year. There is also a report by reliable sources, that a group from Nagaland, traveling by train had met with a boy engaged as a sweeper for train compartments in a particular northern Indian state. The boy spoke in Nagamese and claimed to be from the state. On being asked to accompany the group back home, the boy expressed inability as he had a younger sister living in the same place, it was reported. This story points to trafficking of children from the state and also the existence of a well knit gang operating within the state. There are many reasons for imprecise data on child trafficking. Much of it is the failure of states on setting up special units for missing children. Children may be recruited and trafficked to earn money for others by begging or selling goods on the street. In some cases, child beggars are maimed by their captors to engender sympathy and greater charity. According to national data on child trafficking, it was found that of the missing children, 66.6 per cent were girls, 49.06 per cent children between 15-18 years of age and 29.96 per cent between 13 and 14 and 20.97 per cent below 12 years. It was also found that 15.04 per cent children never attended school, while 76.69 per cent studied up to fifth standard, 2.92 per cent children left their homes for work and 11.67 per cent were taken out for marriage. Only 16.18 per cent missing cases were reported to the police or panchayats, while in 83.82 per cent cases, the parents either tried to get information on the child either themselves or through other contacts. It said about 49.54 per cent children were missing for over two years. The National Crime Records Bureau report for 2007 released recently says that as many as 4,290 cases of crimes against children were recorded during the year in Madhya Pradesh. Incidents of sexual abuse of children (1,043) account for the maximum cases of crime. While Madhya Pradesh recorded 4,290 cases of crime against children, Maharashtra recorded 2,707, and Uttar Pradesh 2,248. The states which recorded lowest number of cases of crime against children were Jammu and Kashmir (26), Arunachal Pradesh (40) and Nagaland (70).

 
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