Humanity above religion and guidelines to curb child trafficking

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Uttrakhand HC: Conduct DNA test of child beggars and their parents to prevent child trafficking
The Uttrakhand High Court reversed a trial court’s order and convicted a 30-year-old man on charges of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a minor girl.

The court held him guilty for luring a 15-year-old Nepali girl on the pretext of taking her on a shopping trip to Banbasa in Uttarakhand. The minor girl was then subjected to sexual harassment by the man during their travel, the court held. The man was arrested after a sub-inspector at Shadra Bairaj police station was tipped off about the crime.

While delivering the judgment, the high court passed certain directions for the State to curb human trafficking:

  • Police should verify identity documents of all minor girls coming from Nepal and take contact numbers of their guardians in India and Nepal.
  • Police should book human traffickers under the Money Laundering Act and attach their properties. The police should increase patrolling on borders and human trafficking units should be headed by officers not below the rank of DSP/CO.
  • Since minors are kidnapped and made to beg in India, police should conduct DNA test of the child beggars and people claiming to be their parents. It further directed a ban on begging in the State.
  • State government should constitute a separate wing and set up a photo bank data to trace missing boys and girls, the photo bank should be displayed on the state department’s website and should flashed at bus depots and railway stations by the police.
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77.8% of trafficked kids lured into sex trade on job promise: Report

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An estimated 77.8 per cent of the trafficked children are lured into flesh trade at the promise of good job, according to a report
Children shouting Slogans against Child Trafficking on the occation of Global Day Against Child Trafficking at Jantar Mantar on Friday.

Children shouting Slogans against Child Trafficking on the occation of Global Day Against Child Trafficking at Jantar Mantar on Friday.(HT File Photo)

An estimated 77.8 per cent of the trafficked children are lured into flesh trade at the promise of good job, according to a report

The report, compiled by West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights in collaboration with the International Justice Mission (IJM), said the children were subjected to brutal physical violence during conditioning period of the trade which also involved multiple rapes.

The report was released yesterday after on-field study in 2015-16 in the city and neighbourhood areas said.

“Once conditioned, these children were forced to provide sexual ‘services’ to 7-18 men in a day,” the report said.

An estimated 4.4 per cent of brothels and hotels in known red light locations, called ‘public establishments’ in the report, have minors sold for sex, the report said.

The overall number of children – both boys and girls – in such places like brothels was no more than 0.8 per cent, the report said.

Children have been put into the age group of 16-17 years.

In places where sex trade is carried out covertly, like residential premises, massage parlours and lodges, a higher number of 18 per cent children were engaged in such activities, it said.

Of the 131 sex workers sampled in such private establishments, where the information about flesh trade was known only to the select patrons, the number of children engaged in such trade were 24, the report said.

Regional Director, International Justice Mission, India Sanjay Macwan said after the launch, IJM in collaboration with WBCPCR (West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights) had conducted the survey with all possible help from Kolkata Police and CID.

Member Secretary, West Bengal State Legal Services Authority, Ajoy Kumar Gupta said: “One of the worst form of human trafficking is sex trafficking which is most visible in red light areas and a far greater number of them are women and children.”

The time has come for more inter-state collabration to fight this menace, Macwan said.

Macwan added, West Bengal has made some of the most progressive anti-trafficking efforts in the country.

“The finding of IJM’s study reflect the impact of state government’s iniatiatives, the proactive police effort to deter crime and timely conviction from the judiciary,” he said.

West Bengal Records Highest Number Of Human Trafficking Cases In 2016

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A total of 8,132 cases of human trafficking were reported in the country with West Bengal reporting the highest number of cases (3,579)," said the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in Delhi today, releasing figures for 2016. That's a 44 per cent share of the national total.
West Bengal Records Highest Number Of Human Trafficking Cases In 2016

A report revealed more minors were involved in the sex trade in private establishments than public ones

From second place to first should be something to celebrate. But not in the case of West Bengal which has recorded the highest number of cases of human trafficking in 2016, replacing Assam which had aced the list for the previous year.

“A total of 8,132 cases of human trafficking were reported in the country with West Bengal reporting the highest number of cases (3,579),” said the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in Delhi today, releasing figures for 2016. That’s a 44 per cent share of the national total.

Rajasthan is in second position with 1,422 cases or 17.9 per cent cases in the country.

Sanjay Macwan, Regional Director, International Justice Mission, said, “The increasing numbers could be a reflection of greater reporting of the crime of trafficking because of the state’s efforts to curb it.”

“Trafficking victims are still not coming forward to report the crime, they are still hesitant and stigmatised,” said Vivek Chowdhury, judicial secretary, government of West Bengal, adding, “Our chief minister is very keen to stop the crime and the government is geared to it.”

The NCRB figures came on a day when a report was released in Kolkata on commercial sexual exploitation of children in and around the city and revealed more minors were involved in the sex trade in private establishments – massage parlours, lodges and residential premises — than in public ones, the brothels.

The study was conducted by NGO International Justice Mission (IJM) and West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) over the last year in Kolkata, Howrah, North and South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts.

4143 sex-workers were documented from 451 public and 131 from 40 private establishments.The prevalence of minors in public establishments is 0.8% while in private ones it was a whopping 18 %. The minors observed in private establishments were 15 to 17 years old, all from West Bengal.

“Another unique observation was that 80% of contacts (pimps, madams, traffickers) in private establishments were females. This is different from the stereotypical notion of male-dominated exploiters and pimps. The ages of these contacts ranged from 16 to 58 years,” the report said.

What lured the minors? 77% of them were promised a good job before they were forced into sex work. Many were surprised to arrive in Kolkata and none of them had any notion that they were being brought into this trade.

The minors were subject to violence — multiple rape, beatings and threats of murder. Three survivors had witnessed murders of other sex workers as a warning against resistance.

Indra Chakraborty, the special superintendent of police dealing with trafficking said the crime was the trip of an iceberg and linked to narcotics and illegal firearms and needed to be treated as such. “The dynamics of trafficking are changing and the dynamics of tackling it need to keep pace,” he said.

Missing minor found sodomised, 1 arrested

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The accused Vinod alias Pintu Thakor has been arrested under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and other sections of the IPC
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A six-year-old boy who had gone missing on Saturday was found to have been sodomised by a 20-year-old man who lured him on the pretext of getting him a chocolate, Ranip Police said on Monday. The accused Vinod alias Pintu Thakor has been arrested under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and other sections of the IPC.

Police said the boy’s father had lodged a missing complaint on Saturday. Acting on it, cops started the search for the minor. He was found near Sabarmati railway station yard. The victim has been sent to Civil Hospital and the accused was to be produced before the court.

Police said Thakor lured the six-year-old on the pretext of getting him a chocolate. He then took him to the Sabarmati railway station, where he beat the minor up and forced himself upon him. A case has been registered and further probe is onf cities.

‘Raped’ girl escorted to Koraput

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Cuttack: Government officials on Monday escorted back the alleged gang-rape survivor to Koraput from the SCB Medical College and Hospital here amid protest and tension.

Tension had prevailed outside the medicine department for a while when Congress leader and Koraput MLA Krushna Chandra Sangana, along with few of his supporters and members of the girl’s family from Kunduli, sat on a dharna, protesting against the authorities’ decision.

Sources said the medical board had discharged the girl but did not hand her over to her mother but to the Koraput district child protection officer, who brought her to the hospital on November 19.

The MLA had blocked the officer from taking the girl for nearly 30 minutes.

Around one-and-a-half platoons of police were deployed at the site.

“The protest was withdrawn after the girl’s mother and paternal aunt had been allowed to travel in the vehicle, in which the officer was escorting her back to Koraput,” Manglabag police station inspector-in-charge Arun Kumar Swain said.

Swain is also accompanying the victim along with the officer as escort.

“We discharged the girl as she had no physical problem, while the woman claiming to be her mother did not give consent for the required medical attention at the psychiatry department (adolescent and child care),” board convener Sriprasad Mohanty said.

“The girl will be presented tomorrow before the Koraput child welfare committee, as she is under its jurisdiction,” Koraput district child protection officer Rajashree Das said.

“The biological parents of the girl can only receive her from the committee,” Das said. The board handed over the girl to Das acting on the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.

The girl, who had vomited blood after reportedly taking an overdose of iron tablets, was admitted at the hospital at around 3.30pm on October 19. She had since been given treatment and kept under observation in the ICU.

After the alleged gang-rape, the girl was accommodated by the committee. Blood was found in her vomit, following which she was immediately rushed to Saheed Lakshman Nayak Medical College Hospital, Jeypore. But as her condition worsened, she had to be to SCB.

The Class IX student of Kunduli was allegedly gang-raped by a group of security personnel on October 10 while she was returning from her school.

A case under sections 376 (D) and 377 of the IPC and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act had been registered. But after about three weeks of the assault on the girl, the police, on the basis of doctors’ report, stated that she had not been raped.

West Bengal murder: Three-year-old girl raped and killed while attending nature’s call

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The West Bengal police arrested a man on Sunday for allegedly raping and killing a 13-year-old girl in Bankura’s Lalbandh area.

The incident happened under the jurisdiction of Taldangra Police Station when the girl had gone out to answer nature’s call along with 10-year-old brother on Sunday morning, the police said. The accused, a 19-year-old and resident of the same area, confessed to his crime during interrogation, Bankura SP Sukhendu Hira said.

The man strangulated the girl to death with her dupatta after raping her, the SP said adding, the girl’s brother narrated the incident to the police. The man has been arrested under various sections of the IPC and POCSO Act, he said. The girl’s body has been sent for postmortem examination.

Minor girl raped in Haridwar

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A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in Haridwar on Monday. Police have registered a case against the neighbour, 19-year-old Dilip Kumar, who is on the run, under section 376 (rape) of the Indian penal code and under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act.

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According to police, the survivor lived with her family in a slum under jurisdiction of Ranipur police station. The girl’s father is a sanitation worker at a local guest house.
Station house officer Ranipur police station Aishwarya Pal said, “The victim said she was raped by a local boy who knew her family well. He lured her into nearby bushes around 4 pm on Monday and raped her. He threatened her of dire consequences. The duo was spotted by some relatives of the girl who informed her parents.”
The father of the girl then lodged a police complaint. The girl was sent to district hospital for medical examination.