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Child trafficker held; 1 rescued
Staff Reporter Dimapur, FEB 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Feb. 2011 12:40 AM IST
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A minor girl, who had been sold to a family in Zunheboto was rescued by an NGO on Friday while her elder sister who had been untraced was expected to return home by Saturday.
According to Domestic Workers Movement (DWM) Nagaland, the minor was sold by one Mhalo Kithan (40) a resident of PWD Colony, Dimapur for Rs.10,000.
The accused after the intervention by the NGO, had gone to Zunheboto along with two other DWM staff to bring the minor. Mhalo was later handed over to women cell on Friday.
According to the NGO, parents of the minor girls approached them stating that two of their children went missing for the last three years. After revealing the accused name, DWM contacted the accused and asked her to bring the children back. However, the accused provided false information and did not comply with their request. The NGO was in track with this case for the last six months.
It may be mentioned that the rescued minor and her elder sister, a resident of Charunala village near Dilai gate under Assam were hired for domestic works in 2007 on monthly payment basis. However in July last year, the younger one was sold for Rs.10, 000 by Mhalo Kithan who claimed the parents did not want the girl.
The other girl who was untraced would be returning Saturday, Women cell personnel said.
Women cell also confirmed the arrest of Mhalo who was under police custody for further investigation. Further action would be taken after proper investigation, women cell personnel added.
According to the NGO, both the minors were taken to Zunheboto on agreement that the elder girl would be paid Rs.150 and younger Rs.100 per month.
And after a gap of three years, the accused sold one of the minors for Rs.10,000 in the month of July 2010 to another family in Zunheboto.
When asked if the accused had actually paid them anything, the parents said they were paid Rs.3000 as initial advance for one year but no more payment was received even after three years.
Meanwhile, the accused confessed to the crime and admitted that she had been carrying on the racket for the past five years during which she had sold more than ten minors, mostly from the Assam-Nagaland border to families in Kohima, Zunheboto and other places across Nagaland.
Domestic Workers Movement (DWM) Nagaland unit, in-charge, Sr. Thersa of Assisi convent disclosed that the DWM was informed only during July last year about the missing minors after which it began probing the case.
It was also disclosed that the modus operandi of the accused was to cheat parents of the money paid for the minor children.
DWM also said the Police (Women Cell) had been informed in July last year even though no formal complaint was formally registered.
Condemning such practices Community Education Center Society (CECS) project director, Subo Longkumer said that children were being sold like a commodity for domestic works, which he described it as disgusting practice and a crime.
The Domestic Workers Movement (DWM) Nagaland unit had filed an FIR with women police cell and handed the accused to the police for further verification and action.

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