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Child Trafficking Menace: 350 Children From Odisha Rescued In Telengana In 2018


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09 January 2019

Bikash Das


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Bhubaneswar: Odisha is one of the highest source areas for human trafficking. On a regular basis, children and young women are trafficked to other States for manual labour. In 2018, at least 350 children from Odisha were rescued in Telengana and the youngest among them was six-year-old who was engaged in a brick-kiln, Founder of Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala, Sunitha Krishnan said.

"These children stay in hazardous conditions and exploited by their employers on a regular basis. On Tuesday, a 16-year-old girl from Odisha was raped in a brick-kiln in Hyderabad," said Krishnan while addressing mediapersons during the State Level Conference on Human Trafficking held here on Wednesday.

The need of the hour is a comprehensive legislation to check the menace of human trafficking. A legislation, in this regard has already been passed in the Lok Sabha but it is yet to get cleared in the Upper House of the Parliament which is a matter of serious concern, she added.

"Human traffciking has acquired many forms today which includes, bonded labour, sexual exploitation, organ trade, surrogacy, begging and many more. Taking all aspects into consideration, a comprehensive law needs to be imposed to prevent children from being trafficked," Krishnan asserted.

Addressing the conference, Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal said, human trafficking is a nexus between the elements which are maligning the honour of the country and implicating wounds on minds and hearts of the victims. “They should be given no leniency. The malady has existed from long but the police, press and politicians need to come together and eliminate the evil once and forever,” Lal said.

Police DG Dr RP Sharma said that human trafficking is a multi-dimensional problem which requires concerted and comprehensive effort to deal with the issue effectively.

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Sunitha Krishnan, Founder, Prajwala

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Prof Ganeshi Lal, Governor, Odisha

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Dr RP Sharma, DGP, Odisha