Poor children most vulnerable to trafficking

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    Poor children most vulnerable to trafficking
    India - 29 July 2011

    New Delhi, Jul 29 - - Children living in slums, unauthorised and resettlement colonies are most vulnerable of being trafficked, running away or getting lost, a report by an NGO working for protection of child rights said today.

    According to the report compiled by Child Rights and You (CRY) based on the information under RTI from various police station of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, 1,260 children were reported missing this year till April 30 from just eight districts of the three states.

    While 250 children were missing from eight districts of Uttar Pradesh, 1,683 children were reported missing from six districts of Madhya Pradesh in 2007-08.

    The report attributed labour, sex trade, domestic help, slavery, organ trade, marriage and begging as the main reasons for increase in children missing incidences in the country.

    The NGO today also held a public hearing here in which families of some missing children from the three states narrated their stories to the jury comprising of Delhi Commission for Protection of Child's Rights (DCPCR) President Amod Kanth, Bharti Ali from Haq - Centre for Child Rights, Additional Commissioner U K Chaudhary and retired Chief Justice of Delhi High Court A P Shah.

    The families alleged they didn't get any help from the local police to locate their child.

    Narrating an incidence, a daily wage earner Banwari Lal said his son Chetan was abducted seven months back.
    "After repeated reminders to the police, an FIR was filed and the police later asked me to pay the ransom demanded by the abductors. When I asked the SHO to help me, he did not cooperate and despite knowing the abductor''s whereabouts he made no attempts to rescue my child," Lal said, adding that till date he doesn't know if his son is alive or not.



    Source: Press Trust of India
     
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    Child abuse 'growing' in Pakistan


    Children in Pakistan are increasingly exposed to abuse, kidnapping and violence, according to a new report by a human rights organisation.
    The number of reported cases involving children has more than doubled from 617 in 2006 to 1,595 last year, it says.

    Poor law enforcement and old social attitudes towards children's rights are some of the reasons to blame, it adds.

    Pakistan remains a major conduit for the trafficking of children from South Asia to the Middle East and Europe.

    Not enforced

    "Children, like women, continue to be vulnerable because they are considered personal property in our feudal-minded society," says Zia Awan, chief of Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA).

    The organisation monitors and compiles cases of child abuse and kidnapping with funding from the UK-based NGO, Save the Children.

    Mr Awan says a major reason for the increase in the incidents of child abuse is the fact that the issue does not figure on the agenda of the law enforcers.


    Children and women continue to be vulnerable in Pakistan

    "There are laws to deal with this problem, but they are not enforced. This encourages the perpetrators of these crimes."

    The actual number of incidents of violence against children may run into several thousand each year, he says.

    The figures in the LHRLA report are based on newspaper reports which, in turn, originate from police reports, he says.

    "These are only the tip of the iceberg. More than 80% of the cases go unreported," he says.

    Because of official apathy, parents of kidnapped children prefer to bargain with the kidnappers instead of going to the police.

    Also, reporting child sexual abuse to the police remains a taboo in large parts of the country.

    BBC NEWS | South Asia | Child abuse 'growing' in Pakistan
     
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    The same is happening here; for a nation aspiring to lead the world, we need to start treating our children better.
     

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