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Train Bound: 12 children rescued from trafficking

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Child trafficking leads to vulnerable children being forced to be a part of a much bigger ordeal than one can imagine. We are unaware of the number of child trafficking incidents that continue to take place across borders and states. Interstate trafficking is an issue of national as well as political concern and we should all be willing to fight it collectively. A recent case of child trafficking was resolved because an alert citizen called 1098 to report the crime.

Train Bound: 12 children rescued from trafficking

CHILDLINE Ajmer received a call from a concerned citizen about 12 children who were being trafficked from to Ahmedabad by Varanasi express. On receiving this call, the CHILDLINE team planned a rescue operation and immediately informed the Anti Human Trafficking Unit as well as the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Ajmer. Since this was a serious case the police officers in the GRP Thana were spurred to action and in a joint operation with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) the Varanasi-Ahmedabad express was raided within an hour. Aged between 12 to 17 years, the children were found in a weak and distressed state. They belonged to remote villages from different parts of Uttar Pradesh and all of them came from deprived families with meager economic positions.

Five traffickers were arrested through this operation. Initially they tried to dupe the officials by saying that they were the children’s’ guardians; however after much questioning they admitted to their crime. The traffickers, hailing from Gazipur district in Uttar Pradesh, were taking the children to sell them in Ahmedabad district of Gujarat for child labour. As a regular process, they took advantage of the poor economic conditions of these children’s families and in the name of giving them better care and a promising future were selling them into the evil hands of child labour. The children were being taken to be engaged in menial jobs at tea stalls, small industries and as domestic help.

CHILDLINE Ajmer with the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) provided shelter to the children and after CWC’s analysis, all the children were restored to their respective families.

An FIR was registered against the 5 accused and the perpetrators were booked under section 374– IPC, 23, 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act. They were later produced before the Honorable Magistrate of the Court in Ajmer and are now in judicial custody.