25 Girls, 1 Boy Rescued From Human Trafficking Scam In UP

30/01/2016 11:53 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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BILWADI, RAJASTHAN, INDIA - 2014/10/29: Mealtime inside the educational and rehabilitation center called 'Bal Ashram', which was created by Kailash Satyarthi who won (along with Pakistani Malala Yousafzai) the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his many years of work against child labor. The center is home to about 70 children. Many come from the poor state of Bihar in the north-eastern part of India. The kids are concentrated when the teacher explains the writing exercise. There are no actual classrooms for the children they just sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect themselves against the strong sun. In a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan, children from Nomadic families at ages between 6 and 14 years are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. Child marriage from the age of about 4 and the caring of family livestock is a common chore for children in rural areas of Rajasthan. The young are trafficked and exposed to different kinds of child labor; a form of modern slavery that is not uncommon in India though forbidden by law. It is difficult to estimate an exact number of children subjected to child labor as many births in India go unregistered however it is agreed at about 50 60 million children. It is definitely a fact though that India has the highest amount of child labor. The Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) worked since 1980 to combat child labor and have freed about 83,000 children from slave-like conditions and helped to unite them with their families or have helped them in other ways. The BBA have projects in hundreds of Indian villages with Adesh Sharma working as the field coordinator for 16 years who seems to know the most important tools to the organizations success. However, all is not merry for the BBAs work. There have been cases of assault and even murder of the organizations employees. Many factory hotel and restaurant owners who want cheap labor in the form of children have threatened Adesh and his associates. Due to corruption, there have been cases where the local police have gotten involved. Adesh has received many death threats over the phone but still continues to be positive about the prevention of child labor in future. Kailash Satyarthi, the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize even said that Indias new government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should put more focus on preventing child labor. On the other hand, there are still many problems including the following up on the families whose children have been returned after being sold. (Photo by Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images)

LUCKNOW -- At least 26 people were today rescued by GRP personnel at Mughalsarai railway station while being "illegally" taken to Delhi from Jharkhand.

"25 girls and a boy being illegally taken to New Delhi by Ranchi Sampark Kranti Express were rescued by a team of GRP, Mughalsarai, led by Inspector Tripurari Pandey," a home department spokesman said.

Those rescued include some minors, the spokesman said, adding two women were arrested in this connection and a case was lodged against them.

Preliminary questioning revealed the accused had lured them on the pretext of participation in sporting events and getting them jobs, the spokesman added.

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