Child Trafficking

Sujay Sarkar

      Child Trafficking according to Unicef is defined as “any person under 18 years who is recruited, transported, transferred, harbored or received for the purpose of exploitation either within or outside a country.

According to UNCHR (Feb.200 ) – trafficking refers to the recruitment, transportation, purchase, sale, transfer , harboring or receipt of persons : by threat, use of violence, abduction, use of force, fraud, deception  or coercion ( including abuse of authority )or debt bondage for the purpose of placing or holding such person whether for pay or not in forced labor or  slavery – like practice in a community other than the one in which such person lived at the time of the original act described.

Through statistics regarding the magnitude of child trafficking are difficult to obtain, the International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. The trafficking of children has been internationally recognized as a human rights violation, one that exists in every region of the world. Yet it is only within the past decade that the prevalence & ramification of this practice have risen to international prominence due to dramatic increase in research & public action.Missing children of India, a pioneer study by Bachpan Bachao Andolan says that the recent official figures (of Census 2011) associated to children is not yet published, but as (as per RTI applications) show that of the reported children 74,209 were traced and in two years between 2008 and 2010 remained untraced. Maharashtra leads in the number of children reported missing which is 26,211 among 20 states and 4 UTs. Maharashtra is followed by West Bengal (25,413), Delhi (13,570) and Madhya Pradesh (12,777). Karnataka (9956) and Uttar Pradesh (U.P) (9,482) are the last two among the top six states.

The highest number of children being traced is in Maharashtra with 18,706 and is followed by Delhi (11,870), Madhya Pradesh (9,537), Uttar Pradesh (7,586), West Bengal (6,653) and Karnataka (3,522). Out of the 1/3rd of the total children reported missing nationally   untraced children constitute 541,546. West Bengal has leading number of children who are untraced.  Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh follow the list. However as much as 45% of the total reported missing children are not yet found. The border districts of West Bengal, such as 24 Paragna, Midenapur, Malda, Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Nadia etc, have large number of untraced children.inadequate law is one of the main reasons for the raise in the number of missing children as stated by experts. Read More…

Mr Singer says no legal definition exists for a missing child, and each state follows rules of its own. Among the reported crimes highest is by kidnapping. In 2011 a total of 33,098 crimes were reported against kids which is 24% more from 2010 according to a report issued in September by the social statistics division of the Indian government. Kidnapping children for exporting to other countries, abducting kids for ransom or forcing them to beg are included in these numbers.  3,517 incidents of child trafficking were recorded separately in 2011. Buying and selling girls for prostitution, child marriage and trafficking children for illegal transportation of organs are included in this. Read More…


Child Trafficking in South Asia :

A common feature of child trafficking in South Asia in that young girls and boys are trafficked from rural communities to urban areas and even to another country or region. Indicators in the hardest hit sending areas show that the practice is internalized as a strategy to cope with poverty. Others factors contributing to child trafficking are increase rate of unsafe migration, weak law enforcement, insufficient household income, ill-treatment & physical abuse, alcoholism, lack of food, forced  marriage. Nepal’s and Sri Lanka experience show that armed conflicts have increased children’s and women’s vulnerability to trafficking. Likewise gender inequality manifested through domestic violence, forced marriages and the stigma against women without partners can increase women’s and children’s vulnerability to child trafficking. Child trafficking in South Asia are basically for sexual exploitation, labor, armed conflict & forced marriage to pay / settle debt / arguments or disagreements. Boys in Bangladesh & Pakistan are being trafficked to work as camel jockeys. In recent years the trafficking of South Asian children has expanded beyond the national borders of the countries in the region with trafficking between countries is now a common place. In this context India can be characterized as a trafficking destination while Nepal & Bangladesh are two major source countries. Estimates of the number of girls trafficked to India annually vary from 5000 to 20000 and of the 2 million women & girls involved in sex work in India, it is thought that almost 5% come from Nepal & Bangladesh. However attempts to identify the country of origin of trafficked children in India can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Firstly they are not always willing to reveal their national identity, often because of fear of the traffickers or law enforcement. Secondly there are lingual and physical similarities between people from different countries ( for example between Bangladesh and Bengalis of West Bengal, India ). Thirdly there are only a few border checkpoints monitoring the flow of migrants and trafficked person. These trafficked children are exploited in several ways one of the most common is sexual exploitation including pornography, forced prostitution, religiously sanctioned prostitution and sex tourism. Other illegal activities such as begging, smuggling / drug peddling & trafficking for sale of body parts also feature. Many children end up in bonded labor, agricultural labor, domestic work, brick field production and the entertainment & sports sector. Forced marriages of girls and adoption are also common causes of child trafficking. Read More…

The extent of the pain of missing a child is felt only by those who are victims of it. A child is the hope of a family and the progress of a nation. The question is do we really show the kind of attention and focus it requires in finding the missing children. Do we have enough laws to make sure the administrative machinery is doing its job properly? Do we have enough international laws for nations to work together in curbing cross border child trafficking? The Peace Gong with its commitment to the welfare of children is striving to find answers to these questions.



1)Unicef Innocenti Research Center : South Asia In Action / Preventing and responding to Child Trafficking / Summary Report /Advance version.

2) Unicef Innocenti Research Center : South Asia In Action / Preventing and responding to Child Trafficking Child Rights based program me Practices/ Summary Report /Advance version : In collaboration with the UNICEF Regional office for South Asia, the UnicefInnocenti Research Center has since 2005, been studying trafficking of children in South Asia……….this publication compliments the first publication by presenting regional experiences of rights based programming on child trafficking……

3) Trafficking of Children in South Asia

Child trafficking in South Asia is a well known phenomenon. In 2008 UNICEF produced a study on trafficking in children in South Asia, and Save the Children Sweden has adapted the report and produced a child friendly version. In this child friendly version of the report children and young people will learn about the different kinds of trafficking and some of the reasons for which children are trafficked, such as sexual exploitation, labor, armed conflict and forced marriage to pay/settle debts / arguments or disagreements. Boys in Bangladesh and Pakistan are being trafficked to work as camel jockeys. This illustrated child friendly report is simple, easy to read and focuses on developing children’s knowledge on different aspects of child trafficking……

4) Save the Children : Trafficking of Children in South Asia.

A study has recently been done on child trafficking in South Asia. It looked at many different issues, including : Laws & government systems for protecting  children from trafficking, examples & stories of community level actions to support children & prevent trafficking; new developments in programming & recommendations & suggestion for addressing the issues. The groups who did the study included: the UnicefInnocenti Research Center, the UNICEF Regional office for South Asia & country in eight region offices. It looked into child trafficking issues in eight countries of SAARC… a child friendly approach.

5) SAIEVAC :The criminal and clandestine nature of trafficking makes it difficult to gather reliable data but child trafficking is widespread  in South Asia, and include both internal trafficking and trafficking across international borders. Victims of trafficking end up in various forms of abuse and human rights violations including sexual and economic exploitation, i.e. doing domestic work, working in factories, on the streets, or in other forms of hazardous labor that come in the way of the children’s enjoyment of rights and fundamental freedoms.  A common feature of child trafficking is that young girls and boys are often trafficked from rural communities to urban areas…….

6) Plan / LEEDS METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY : Responding to Cross Border Child Trafficking in South Asia/ John Lannon& Edward F.Halpkin.

This report examines the feasibility of a technologically enabled system to helprespond to the phenomenon of cross-border child trafficking in South Asia, andmakes recommendations on how to proceed with a pilot project in the selectedareas of Bangladesh, Nepal and India. The study was commissioned by the MissingChild Alert (MCA) programme which is an initiative led by Plan International(referred to as Plan in this report). Plan works in 50 developing countries to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty…

7) SAARC Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution.

The member states of the South Asian Association for regional co – operation ( SAARC )parties to the present convention. Emphasizing that the evil of trafficking in women & children for the purpose of prostitution is incompatibility with the dignity &  honor of human beings & is a violation of basic human rights…..

8) Human Trafficking in South Asia.

Young women, girls and boys lured by promises of good work and better lives end up as victims of violence, abuse and sexual exploitation. Some might be taken against their will. In its most recent report (2012) the International Labor Organization estimates that 4.5 million people around the world are currently victims of sex trafficking and the numbers are increasing. Sex trafficking has a devastating impact of those who are exploited as well as harmful implications for development, security and social justice…

9) MAITI Nepal was born out of a crusade to protect Nepali girls and women from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labor and various forms of exploitation and torture. A group of socially committed professionals like teachers, journalists and social workers together formed Maiti Nepal in 1993 to fight against all the social evils inflicted upon our female populace. Most of all, its special focus has always been on preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing flesh trade victims and rehabilitating them. This social organisation also actively works to find justice for the victimized lot of girls and women by engaging in criminal investigation and waging legal battles against the criminals. It has highlighted the trafficking issue with its strong advocacy from the local to national and international levels…

10) Combating trafficking in Children for Labor Exploitation in the South Asia / Report on South Asian Consultation / Katmandu,Nepal,12-14 Oct.1998.

In South Asia on average one child in every four or close to 25 percent is working. Although statistics seem to show that more boys than girls work, it is also true that surveys often underestimate the number of working girls……

11) Children Vulnerability to Child Trafficking.

In south Asia, there is trafficking in children both internally and across national borders (from Bangladeshand Nepal to Pakistan and India, and from south Asia to south-east Asia and the Middle East). Victimsend up in various forms of sexual and labour exploitation, i.e. doing domestic work, working in factories,on the streets, and as jockeys in camel races…

12) South Asia in Action : Preventing and Responding to Child Trafficking : An Analysis of Anti-Trafficking initiatives in the region / book.

13) South Asia in Action : Preventing and Responding to Child Trafficking :Summary Report.

This publication acknowledges the adoption of many international standards and the promotion of regional agreements. At the same time, legislation against trafficking is often considered within the broader context of criminalizing prostitution, addressing organized crime and controlling migration. Although these are important issues, a focus only on these perspectives fails to adequately address the full complexity and dynamics of human trafficking, and fails to give distinct consideration to child trafficking. Existing laws therefore need to be amended and new laws enacted to fully conform with international standards……..

14) South Asian March against Child Trafficking.

About the March :Human trafficking is said to be the third largest illegal trade after drug trafficking and arms trade. According to the US Dept. of State’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) 2005 report, an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80 percent of them are women and girls and up to 50 percent are minors. The fight against the inhuman practice of trafficking of persons needs no justification. Especially children at their tender age need to play and study are instead victims of a silent organized crime…….

15) ILO : Work in Freedom : Preventing trafficking of women and girls in South Asia.

16) American Himalayan Foundation : Stop Girl Trafficking in Nepal.

The foundation is working towards stopping trafficking of Nepali girls from sexual exploitation……from entering into flesh trade…..

17) Child Trafficking – Human Trafficking of Children.

Trafficking in children (child trafficking) is a global problem affecting large numbers of children. Some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year.There is a demand for trafficked children as cheap labor or for sexual exploitation. Children and their families are often unaware of the dangers of trafficking, believing that better employment and lives lie in other countries.Child trafficking is lucrative and linked with criminal activity and corruption. It is often hidden and hard to address. Trafficking always violates the child’s right to grow up in a family environment. In addition, children who have been trafficked face a range of dangers, including violence and sexual abuse. Trafficked children are even arrested and detained as illegal aliens……….

18) Bonded Labor in South Asia

19) Publication : ECPAT International.

20) Understanding Security Practices in South Asia – Monika BarthwalDutta.

India, Bangladesh, Nepal Combating Trafficking of Women & Children in South Asia : Jan.2001 – Jan.2002.Purpose :To support ADB’s efforts to combat trafficking of women and children in India, Bangladesh and Nepal and to identify how future ADB programming can support anti-trafficking activities. Read More…

21) Trafficking and Children at risk – IndraniSinha / Sanlap.

Trafficking- which is a form of abusive and irregular migration for commercial sexual exploitation and other illegal purposes[2] has reached alarming proportions in the past two decades globally; and more so within the South-Asian Region. Across this Region, human beings, especially women and children are trafficked within their own countries and across international borders against their will in what is essentially a clandestine slave trade. The number of trafficked persons is difficult to determine as the corruption, violence and the Mafioso surrounding the practice render an estimate of its magnitude virtually impossible…

22) Child Trafficking in Nepal causes and consequences.

23) Child Trafficking: India’s Silent Shame

On June 20 2014, John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, made his inaugural speech on releasing the 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP). In his speech, he has re-iterated the seriousness and resolve of the US government to address and fight this human tragedy that is happening around the world. He has stated categorically that the US Government will raise this issue with all countries as and when they engage with them for other issues.According to the report, there are over 20 million persons trafficked for various forms of exploitation worldwide. It is estimated that the global business generated through direct and indirect human trafficking, is in the region of $15.5 billion.

24) India is a young country with more than 50% of its population being below the age of 25. Children until the age of 18 constitute almost 42% of the total population. According to the official statistics nearly 30% of the population still lives below poverty line whereas a large section is just above poverty line. Poverty is mainly the result of income, resources and opportunities for people leading to poor economic conditions especially in the rural areas. This is leading to forced migration of the families from rural to urban areas, from poor states to developed states and even migration within the states. Migration involves families, sometimes many families and many times just children on their own.”Children on the Move” are those children who have left their home and are on the way to a new destination or have already reached there. This category includes children who are trafficked, unaccompanied, in street situation, kidnapped, forced to migrate, refugees, asylum seekers and nomadic. Read More…


This book is all about the actions that can be taken to prevent trafficking, protect childrenfrom being trafficked, pursue traffickers and support trafficked children to rebuild their lives.These are categorized under four main headings that are commonly used to describeanti-trafficking actions:

Broad protection— to prevent children and former victims from being (re)trafficked;Prevention– of the crime of child trafficking and the exploitation that is its end result;Law enforcement– in particular within a labor context and relating to labor laws andregulations;Victim assistance– covering the kinds of responses necessary to help trafficked children………


Reports/Research Papers

26) Shailey Hingorani  says that India`s minister for Labour and Employment who responded to a question claimed that the number of child laborers in the country has come down by five million between 2004-05 and 2009-10. Minister Suresh attributed these numbers to the data made available by Sample Survey Organization (NSSO). He claimed that this was a result of the multi-pronged strategy of the government which comprised of statutory and legislative measures, rescue and rehabilitation, universal primary education along with social protection, poverty alleviation and employment generation.

Different quarters of civil society feel that the Minister`s claim is on the basis of a flawed understanding of the whereabouts and mode of children work in India. It was pointed out by them that the Minister`s claims fly in the face of the report of the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), which is a statutory body mandated to look into children`s rights in India. It was earlier pointed out by NCPCR that the misrepresentation of the official figures including the NSSO figures by the Minister, in 2008. Read More…

27) South Asian Alliance of Grassroots NGO`s says that as per the data from the National Crime Records Bureau every eight minutes witness a child missing in India. As much as 40 per cent of these children are not yet found. This statement was made by Wall Street Journal India Realtime.

One side of the picture is the plight of the parents who await the return of the children and the other a government which stays unresponsive on these statics. Almost 60,000 children were reported missing in 2011 as by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). From this 22,000 are yet to be located. According to a report by BachpanBachaoAndolan (BBA) nearly 11 children go missing every hour and at least 4 of them are never found. From the words of BBA we can find that the number of missing children could be as high as 90,000 per year. With 12,000 children missing in 2011 West Bengal tops the charts. Madhya Pradesh had 7,797 and Delhi had 5,111 reports of missing children.



28) UNODC : Responses to Human Trafficking in Bangladesh,Nepal,India and Sri Lanka.

The questions to be addressed are : what breadth does trafficking laws cover ?Also, how far is  the cover an absolute one on all forms of trafficking ? And, finally, how far does the cover comply with international standards ?…

29) Handbook for Law Enforcement Agencies in India ( Revised edition 2007 )-Dr.P.M.Nair.

This is a and book born out of necessity & demand. While countless women & children trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation ( CSE )face the gravest violations of human rights, the response system are unable to address or redress their grievances & often, exacerbate the harm & sufferings & often, exacerbate the harm & sufferings these women & children endure…



30) Press Release : Bengali film actress Ms June Maliya flags of South Asian March against Child Trafficking / Kolkatta /25th Feb.2007.

The world’s largest mass action in the form of a 2500 km South Asian March Against Child Trafficking began today from Kolkata. This has been flagged off by popular Bengali film actress Ms. June Maliya. Around 200 core marchers from India, Nepal and Bangladesh including 112 children, mostly former victims of human trafficking are taking part in this unique initiative. The march will be passing through Siliguri, Biratnagar (Nepal), Araria, Gorakhpur, Nepalganj (Nepal), Nithari and culminate in Delhi on March 22, 2007………..

31) March denounces Child Trafficking / BBC News / 25th Feb.2007.

Thousands of people have attended a rally in Calcutta, India, to mark the start of a three-week march to Delhi to protest against child trafficking. The organizers are calling for the repatriation and rehabilitation of victims of child trafficking. They want the Indian government to pass laws that prosecute those who supply children for forced labor and sex…

32) India hub of Child Trafficking in South Asia. / Zee News / 19th Aug.2009.

New Delhi: Nearly 150,000 women and children are trafficked from South Asia every year, “most of them from, via and to India”, says a new report that also underlines how the economic meltdown has heightened the risk of child sexual exploitation.India is the main destination of “alarming flows” of cross-border trafficking in South Asia, says the study by global child rights group ECPAT International, supported by the Body Shop International…

33) India Police rescue “ Trafficked “Children / ALJAZEERA / 4th June,2014.

Police have rescued more than 500 children in a suspected child trafficking case in India’s southern Kerala state, according to authorities.The children were brought by train from eastern Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal states, reported Reuters on Tuesday. “The important clearance documents that these orphanages should have taken for the custody of children are missing”, said Jharkhand’s Labour Commission official, Manish Sinha…

34) Child Trafficking in Pakistan / The News / 11th Dec.2011.

Shazia Masih like many other children in Pakistan was a victim of child trafficking. She was handed over by her mother to a man in Lahore, who promised that the child would be working as a domestic servant in a rich family home. The child was then sold to a lawyer after which, she was raped and beaten. The lawyer offered her family 20,000 rupees for the funeral and silence…..

35) Documentary Film on human trafficking premiers in Delhi / Mail Online India /27th June 2014.

A special screening of Not My Life, which looks into multiple forms of child exploitation and trafficking across five continents, was held at India International Centre, Delhi, on June 26. The 56-minute film was directed by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer and produced by the Carlson group, Worldwide Documentaries and Riverbank Studios. Global hospitality company Carlson and the Carlson Family Foundation have been involved in the fight against human trafficking for a long time…

36) Q &A :KailashSatyarthi winner of Nobel Peace Prize / THE WALL STREET JOURNAL / 10th Oct.2014.

Indian child rights activist KailashSatyarthi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday shared with Pakistani schoolgirl MalalaYousafzai who was shot by the Taliban in 2012.Mr. Satyarthi gave up his career as an electrical engineer over three decades ago to start BachpanBachaoAndolan, or Save the Childhood Movement. Today the non-profit organization he founded is leading the movement to eliminate child trafficking and child labor in India.Some edited excerpts of an interview with Mr. Satyarthi2011in:

37) India hub for Child Trafficking in South Asia / iGovernment / 19th Aug.2009.

Nearly 150,000 women and children are trafficked from South Asia every year, “most of them from, via and to India”, says a new report. The report also underlines how the economic meltdown has heightened the risk of child sexual exploitation. India is the main destination of “alarming flows” of cross border trafficking in South Asia, says the study by global child rights group ECPAT International…

38) ILO ready to launch Program to fight Child Trafficking in South Asia / UCA News / 27th Dec.2000.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) is about to launch a program to combat the trafficking of children in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.Among more than 100 people attending the Dec. 14 inauguration of the program´s Nepal component in Kathmandu were officials from the governments of Nepal and other members of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), and non-governmental organizations…

39) Lakshmi Film Review :Nagesh Kunoor’s latest Stomach churning film on Child Trafficking / Deccan Chronicle / 22nd March 2014.

MUMBAI:An award-winning film spotlighting the problem of child trafficking in India opened in cinemas Friday based on the true story of a girl sold into the sex trade who fought to see her kidnappers convicted. Described as ‘stomach-churning’ by one commentator, Hindi-language ‘Lakshmi’ was directed by NageshKukunoor who also stars in it as a ruthless pimp.

40) India still a major center for trafficking in South Asia / Khabar South Asia / 5th 2012.

Born to a poor family, Sunita Kumari never got to play with toys or dolls. Then, at age 12, the Dalit girl from Dumka district in Jharkhand lost her childhood innocence when she was married off to a much older, mentally disabled man from a nearby village…

40) Terrorism, Piracy ,human and drug trafficking to top Home Minister’s meet in Katmandu / dna analysis / 16th Sept.2014.Terrorism, piracy, trafficking of drugs and women and children will top the agenda at the conference of Home and Interior Ministers of SAARC countries to be held in Kathmandu on September 19..Home Minister Rajnath Singh will lead the Indian delegation at the conference where he is expected to flag issues like cross-border terrorism and dismantling of terror infrastructure operating from some SAARC nations… Read More…

41) Uttarakhand : Flood hit women, children face trafficking threat / F.INDIA / 5th July 2013.

New Delhi: Women and children who have survived deadly floods in India could now be at risk of being sold as brides or into domestic and sex work by traffickers preying on vulnerable families, aid agencies say.The floods and landslides, triggered by heavier than normal monsoon rains more than two weeks ago, have killed more than 580 people in Uttarakhand, a popular Hindu pilgrimage destination. At least 3,000 people remain missing…

42) 20 Minors Rescued in India Child Trafficking burst / Catholic Online / 25/11/2014.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – The raids were conducted jointly by police teams from the Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand in Delhi. They had a list of 33 children that had been kidnapped from Chhattisgarh and taken to Delhi under the pretext that they would be given jobs…

43) Child trafficking, exploitation on the rise, warns UN expert

44) In India, Karnataka stands third in human trafficking

BANGALORE: Amanat (name changed) was brought to Bangalore by a man, promising her a beauty-parlour job. Once in the city, she was forced into a brothel. When cops rescued her, Amanat thought better days were near. But in less than 24 hours, the girl, who doesn’t appear to be a major, was packed off to Central Prison, ParappanaAgrahara. Worse, she was named an accused in a flesh-trade racket…..

45) The Story of Missing Children :The serious concern over missing children recently resulted in the Chief Justice of India Justice H L Dattu setting up a special bench to hear cases related to social issues. “A case on missing children hurt me the most. I felt the need for a bench to hear such cases,” he said.

46) According to the NDTV story, Justice Dattu got the idea of a special bench when he was hearing a petition on missing children filed by Nobel Laureate KailashSatyarthi.

In fact the Chief Justice heading a Bench of Justices including Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice A.K. Sikri on the petition of Kailash Satyarthi, observed, ““It really hurts us to see the news of missing children on TV. Next time we see such news, we will call the Chief Secretary and the police chief to be present before us for an explanation. You people think this is a tamasha?”

According to the Hindu story, “The Chief Justice said every week the Bench would take up two States to examine their performance in complying with the 2013 directions of the apex court. In 2013, the court issued a slew of directions, including the direction that cases of missing children be registered as a cognizable offence.”

47) Meanwhile the CNN-IBN puts together a poignant story on the missing children in India as it says, “In a country where 3000 children are born every hour, the fact that 15 children go missing every hour seems to matter very little. A poorly implemented law, a largely apathetic police force and an overburdened child helpline seem to be falling grossly short of controlling these steadily rising numbers. Is India no country for children?”

The CNN-IBN story talks about the landmark Supreme Court judgment of May 2013 which directed the police to register cases of every missing child, maintain records of every missing child with photographs, prepare standard procedures for  dealing with missing children, register every new cases as kidnapping or trafficking.

Previously also, the Supreme Court of India had expressed anguish at the issue of missing children. The Times of India reports: “On February 5, 2013, a Supreme Court bench, angry over 1.7 lakh missing children and the government’s apathy towards the issue, had remarked: “Nobody seems to care about missing children. This is the irony.”  Read More…

There are many reasons as to why children go missing. One reason is divorce and parental dispute. Parents, due to disputes, may change his or her occupation, and the parent and child can completely disappear. When children are left to play in the play grounds, or in a mall, someone might walk away with the kids. Many children are abducted by their non custodial parent for their own reasons. There are cases when children were abducted and sold for their body parts. Children are used as pawns for a price. They might be sold for prostitution. There are many illegal agencies that find and kidnap children for adoption or “sale”. Read More…

It is heartening to know that many initiatives are developing in many countries of Asia to get back the missing children. The Hindu says that the Karimnagar district police have launched an ambitious programme called ‘Operation Smile’ which is aimed to rescue missing children and restore them back to parents.


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