Job agencies front for exploitation

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The horrifying details of the two Nepalese women raped, tortured and starved allegedly by the family of a Saudi Arabian diplomat and their visitors for over three months have come as a shock.

In August, an 18-year-old girl Mishti (name changed) was rescued from Sushant Lok Colony, Gurgaon, in a joint operation by Shakti Vahini, Childline Gurgaon and the police.

She was allegedly trafficked from her hometown in West Bengal by a person on the pretext of providing her a decent job in Delhi and later sold off to a placement agency at Taimur Nagar in New Delhi.

The agency later placed her in a household in Sushant Lok Colony as a domestic help, taking Rs. 30,000 as commission. She was promised Rs. 4,500 as monthly wage, which she never received as the agency took that away too.

The stories of the two Nepalese women and Mishti are similar to the hundreds of women so exploited. They are brought to cities like Delhi on the promise of a good life and better opportunities and sold off to illegally run placement agencies where they are exploited in every possible way. The exploitation continues even after placing them as domestic helps in urban households.

Gurgaon has emerged as a lucrative hub for such placement agencies involved in trafficking of minor girls and women from the interior areas of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Assam, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

“The agents change the identity of the victims, even their name, age and address, to make them untraceable. The placement agencies, which mostly operate from Delhi, place the trafficked girls at the households for which they charge a commission of Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 60,000 from the employers,” Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini said.

Sushant Lok Colony and DLF Phase I, II, III are the main areas to which the placement agencies operating from Chakarpur, Bus Stand, Patel Nagar and Basai Road, among others, supply domestic helps. The agents take away the monthly wages of the victims leaving nothing for them.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajesh Chechi said: “Complaints against these agencies were common in Gurgaon. But the police mostly register cheating cases because there is no law on registration of such agencies.”


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