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Human Trafficking on a rise in India, no data on crime available

1 Nov. 2011,   New Delhi:  The crime against vulnerable sections of society, including women and children is on rise, as suggested by the latest data released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). 

The offenses pertaining to kidnapping and abduction of children, procurement of minor girls, buying or selling of girls for prostitution has gone up by as much as 180%.

Moreover, as this data suggests, a lot of special laws dealing with the crime of human trafficking are not even a part of the exercise and no data is being collected by NCRB on special laws like Bonded Labor Act, Child Labor Act and Transplantation of Human organs Act.

A statement released today by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) has claimed that in majority of the cases of human trafficking, no information is available. This shows a total lack of apathy from the government as hundreds and thousands of minors and girls are being victimized by traffickers in the name of domestic labor, agriculture and other forms of economic and sexual exploitation.

The capital sees some of the worst indignities at violation of fundamental rights. For example, in Delhi, very few cases have been registered in 2010 for buying and selling of girls for prostitution and other economical benefits.

Despite an increase in the knowledge and public awareness on the issue of trafficking, little or no efforts have been made for a concerted approach towards registration of crime and prosecuting offenders.

BBA has alleged that in year 2010, a total of only 3,422 cases have been registered under human trafficking, whereas the number of trafficked victims may be a hundred times higher than this figure.

The total number of cases of kidnapping and abduction remained 10,617 whereas almost 100,000 children go missing every year in the country.

R S Chaurasia, Chairperson of BBA said, “BBA is going to release a report on missing children on 14th Nov, 2011 on Children's Day. This report will establish that less than 15% of the total number of missing children are being properly registered and investigated.”