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LOS ANGELES TIMES  –  By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times – March 31, 2012

The 13-year-old domestic worker called for help and was rescued after running out of food in the Delhi home while her employers, both doctors, reportedly vacationed in Bangkok.

NEW DELHIChild welfare officials filed suit Friday against a couple whose 13-year-old domestic worker was found locked in their house for several days without food while the family reportedly vacationed in Bangkok, an incident that raised questions here about the values of India’s expanding middle class. The alleged mistreatment was even more shocking to many because the husband-and-wife employers were both doctors.

The girl, who was not identified, told local television reporters her food ran out soon after the family left on an extended holiday. With the doors and windows of the house sealed, she became increasingly hungry and desperate, eventually prying open a…

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TIMES OF INDIA / DURGESH NANDAN JHA

NEW DELHI: Back to back cases of doctors employing and abusing minors may have shocked the city but child welfare experts say exploitation of poor children from Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal is rampant among the middle class here.

Activists and NGOs say hundreds of children from impoverished families in these states are rescued in the capital every year. Placement agencies lure them from home with promises of work as fulltime domestic helps but leave them exposed to every kind of abuse – financial, mental, physical and sexual.

“In 2011, we got 25 cases of domestic child workers who were abused by employers and placement agencies. This year, till March, we have received nine such cases,” said Raaj Mangal Prasad, chairperson of Child Welfare Committee (CWC), Lajpat Nagar. There are six CWC offices in the city’s nine districts.

“Only…

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HINDUSTAN TIMES

NEW DELHI: The rescue of the 13year-old girl working as a domestic help, has once again highlighted the increasing incidents of trafficking of minor girls to be employed as domestic helps. In this case too, the victim was brought to Delhi from Gumla district in Jharkhand by her uncle’s friend.

“I was brought to Delhi by one Mahadev, who knew my uncle Narayan Sahu. Mahadev handed me over to one Mukesh, owner of a placement agency in Punjabi Bagh. Mukesh asked me to work at a flat in Dwarka,” the victim said in her statement. Police said the trafficking of minor girls had increased since there was a huge demand for domestic helps in Delhi and the NCR. Organised gangs bring minors from Jharkhand and West Bengal and later sell them to placement agencies in Delhi, the police said. There are 2,300…

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Domestic Help locked inside flat rescued

CHILD LOCKED WHILE COUPLE HOLIDAY IN BANGKOK

CHILD LOCKED WHILE COUPLE HOLIDAY IN BANGKOK

CHILD LOCKED WHILE COUPLE HOLIDAY IN BANGKOK

CHILD LOCKED WHILE COUPLE HOLIDAY IN BANGKOK

CHILD LOCKED WHILE COUPLE HOLIDAY IN BANGKOK

 

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BY ADITYA DEV IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

GURGAON: During the past eight months, Childline (1908) intervened in 182 cases where children were in need of care and protection. The victims included kids trafficked for labour, prostitution and forced marriages. Many of them hailed from villages of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Assam.According to the NGOShakti Vahini, which runs Childline in Gurgaon, over 100 cases were related to trafficking alone, many of which involved prostitution and child labour.Subir Roy, director, programmes and projects, said, “There are about eight cases where FIRs were registered in Gurgaon itself.

In most other cases, complaints were registered in the victim’s home states.”Missing cases followed those of trafficking. Over 30 such cases were reported in the span of the past eight months. Rishi Kant, spokesperson, Shakti Vahini, said, “Trafficked children are promised good jobs in big cities…

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HINDUSTAN TIMES

They reportedly left her food and water that lasted only two days. Police said the girl had not eaten anything for the past four days and has been screaming for help from the flat’s balcony. When the neighbours heard her on Thursday afternoon, they contacted Shakti Vahini, a voluntary group that works on human trafficking issues. The rescue team had to use a fire engine to reach the second floor flat where the girl was confined.

“They managed to break the lock of the main door but she was in the other room, which the police couldn’t open. They then called the fire brigade, and with the help of their ladder, the girl was rescued,” said RC Yadav, president of the resident welfare association of Hahnemann Apartment, who reported the case to the NGO. Police said that they could not contact the couple.

“They left their phone…

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