Gurgaon man arrested for Child Marriage at Darjeeling

A minor girl Anita Singha (name changed) from Naxalbari Block of District Darjeeling has been rescued from being married to person of Gurgaon in a joint intervention of Naxalbari Block, Police and NGO Shakti Vahini, a National Level Voluntary Organization working to prevent trafficking of human beings.

Shakti Vahini got the tip off from an informer from Naxalbari area that there is a case of marriage and the groom Kamal Kumar (25) has come from Gurgaon with two other men from Gurgaon, namely Satpal Singh (48) and Satbir Singh (50). After getting the information the NGO representatives immediately coordinated with the Block Development Officer and Naxalbari Police Station and summed up the case. Accordingly a raid was mounted by the representative of the NGO, Police and Block Administration. Mr. Kingshuk Maity, BDO of Naxalbari Block was also present at the spot during the rescue operation.

The girl who has her mother, one married elder sister, two younger sisters and one married brother lives in Maniramjote area of Naxalbari and the financial condition of the family is very poor.

After rescue the minor girl was given shelter at a Childrens’ home in Siliguri with close coordination with the Child Welfare Committee, Darjeeling.

“We have filed a complaint against Kamal Kumar, Satpal Singh and Satbir Singh at the Naxalbari Police Station last night and the three have been booked under sections 9, 10 and 11 of the Child Marriage Prohibition Act, 2006 with an FIR no. of 377/15 dated 15.12.2015. Information have shared with our networks in Delhi and Gurgaon and we hope for a thorough investigation both at the Source and the destination area for the same” said Rishi Kant from Shakti Vahini.

Trafficked victim from Assam rescued from Forced Marriage

mardaani01-jun24New Delhi: Delhi Police on Tuesday rescued a 27 year old woman jointly with Delhi Commission for Women and Shakti Vahini, a national level voluntary organisation, from forced marriage in Mangol Puri area from the confinement of one Virender. Acting sensitively on the information received by Shakti Vahini and Delhi Commission for Women, Mangol Puri SHO Inspector (Mr.) Arvind Kumar immediately constituted a team and a raid was conducted in J Block, Mangol Puri area on 30th June, 2015 and Virender was arrested.

The victim went missing in March this year from her native place on her way to market. Later in May she managed to call her father, from Virender’s mobile when he was not around. She gave her whereabouts which acted as tip off to the whole rescue operation of the victim.

“I searched the house and managed to trace my daughter in Mangol Puri, I told Virender that I have only come to see my daughter and will not take her back. But later I approached Shakti Vahini and today my daughter has been rescued with the help of Delhi Police” said father of the victim.

A missing complaint was filed by the family of the girl in May, 2015 which was immediately converted into FIR after the rescue of the girl in Gorchuk Police Station, based on which Delhi police here arrested Virender who claimed to be victim’s husband.

During counselling the victim mentioned that while going to market around three months back, she was forcefully pulled into a car by some unknown boys. These boys threatened her if she dares to make any noise. The victim said that she was forced to drink water which was laced with some sedatives. “I was brought to a railway station from where I was brought to Delhi in train along with one more girl. On reaching Delhi Station, the boy who brought us to Delhi made a call to someone and mentioned that he has brought two girls. After some time a man came in an auto and took us to a flat in Gurgaon where we were confined for almost a month” said victim.

The victim further revealed that she was threatened to marry Virender else she will be forced into prostitution; hence she agreed to marry Virender. She said that Virender’s Brother in Law named Kailash came to final the deal and two days after the deal she was married off to Virender in Hanuman Mandir in Mangol Puri and its only then she saw Virender and his Family.

“I was made to work from 5 a.m to 2 a.m and was regularly abuse sexually by Virender. Virender also assaulted me physically and I was not even given proper food. Virender told me that I can go back to my home after giving him two to three children” said victim.

The victim girl was given shelter in women’s home after her medical in Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Mangol Puri. The accused in in police custody and Assam police team will be arriving shortly to take the custody of accused.

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Situational report on Human trafficking in Jharkhand

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Jharkhand has today emerged as a major source area for intra-country trafficking in India. Most of the trafficking from Jharkhand is of tribals for domestic labour to metropolitan cities where there is a demand for such work. In cities like Delhi, a number of illegal placement agencies have cropped up.  These agencies take advantage of legal loopholes to traffic mostly innocent girls in the name of providing employment but instead are put into extreme conditions of forced labour. 12-14 hours of work every day is a routine practice for these girls. Many of those rescued also report physical and sexual abuse. Several cases of Sexual slavery have also been reported from the victims rescued in Delhi. Some of the victims are trafficked to Haryana and Punjab for the purpose of Bonded Labour and Forced marriage.

IMG_5222Recent news reports also point to the emergence of trafficking of women from Jharkhand for surrogacy, deliver babies who are then sold off.

Jharkhand is not only a source but also a destination for the victims trafficked for sexual exploitation. There are Red Light areas existing in the districts of Dhanbad, Bokaro and Hazaribag. The trafficking affected districts include Gumla, Garwah, Sahibganj, Dumka, Pakur, West Singhbhum (Chaibasa), Ranchi, Palamu, Hazaribag, Dhanbad, Bokara, Girdih, Kodarma and Lohardagga. Most of the women trafficked from Jharkhand belong to Oraon, Munda, Santhal (including endangered Pahariya ) and Gond tribes, out of which, maximum are from Oraon and Munda. The Palamau and Garhwa districts are highly prone to trafficking for child labour in the carpet industry in Uttar Pradesh. Jharkhand is also a transit for the traffickers trafficking girls from Chattisgarh. The traffickers or the placement agents of the tribal states like Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and West Bengal are working in close network.

Trafficking of children from Jharkhand mostly takes place through the well organized placement agency rackets in Delhi. These placement agencies supply tribal children to the homes of National Capital Region consisting of Delhi, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Noida. These agencies mostly target the children of age group 11-16 who remain tight lipped even after exploitation. The trafficked victims are kept in congested rooms, fed barely enough for survival till they are placed somewhere. The luckier ones land in a ‘kothi’ as a domestic help. The others are sold in marriage or to a brothel where they suffer never-ending abuse in all forms. These victims of trafficking have to go through series of exploitation starting from the source-traffickers, placement agents and employers.

The traffickers in the source areas of Jharkhand and in the destination areas of North India work as network and are very organised. The Shakurpur area under Punjabi Bagh Police station in Delhi is flooded with Placement agents either belonging to Jharkhand or having links with Jharkhand.

This trafficking from Jharkhand, as some of the recent rescues reveal, is fairly organized. Illiteracy, lack of sustainable employment, poor irrigation facilities for agriculture, single crop patterns, lack of awareness, political instability are some reasons that make people vulnerable to trafficking. Traffickers take advantage of these situations that make people vulnerable to agreeing to unsafe migration who then end up as victims of trafficking. There is a network of well organized routes and trains that get frequently used by traffickers for this. The Traffickers mostly use the Jharkhand Sampark Kranti Express, Muri Express and Swarna Jayanti Express to take the children.

Reports state that thousands of girls have gone missing from Jharkhand’s Tribal hinterlands, however the state has no record. The tribal districts of Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Orissa and West Bengal are most vulnerable to trafficking. In Jharkhand thousands of girls and boys are missing. It is also noticed that school going girls and boys are equally vulnerable to the risk of trafficking.

Jharkhand faces a huge problem of child labour. The state has been running the National Child Labour Project in Garwah, Sahibganj, Dumka, Pakur, West Singhbhum (Chaibasa), Gumla, Palamu, Hazaribagh and Ranchi.

To add to this, the state machinery has a long way to go to effectively protect trafficking victims, prosecute traffickers, or prevent trafficking. The rehabilitation set up is almost non-existent and probably needs the most work. Political will is also lacking to effectively tackle human trafficking plaguing the state. Extensive work is also required in tracing the missing children of Jharkhand especially after Sen and Nair (2005) made the link between missing children and trafficking clear.

Raise your Voice Against Human trafficking

INDIA-LABOUR-CHILDRENTEAM SHAKTI VAHINI

“Last year, till June, 3638 cases of missing children were reported in Delhi against 7235 cases in the year 2013. The statistics just do not end here; there are many cases which go unreported every year”.

-The Times of India, 20th March, 2014

This is not merely the figures of missing children, but a horrendous tale of unseen children which are same but unique in its own nature. The number of missing children is increasing day by day. Recently launched Global Slavery Index says that one child goes missing in every 8 minutes. We see it only as number but the truth is even scarier.

Thousands of children and young girls are trafficked from one place to other, one state to other and even transnational. Every child is equally vulnerable and is at the radar of traffickers. The crime of human trafficking is an organised crime which involves a huge chain of people passing victims from one hand to another. The purpose of trafficking could be anything from labour, work, slavery, prostitution to forced marriage. The culprits are always organised and well managed but, how organised and well managed are we?

The industry of trafficking is well flourished and blooming whereby the trafficking mafia are filling up their pockets with the trade of human bodies. This is very disheartening to know that the authorities, government, civil societies as well as the citizens of this country have badly failed in saving their Sons and Daughters from this trade.

The economy of this “Flourishing Trade” like any other trades lies on the Demand and Supply pattern of the “commodity”. The single major factor of trafficking is the demand. When the demand of cheap labour, young sex workers, domestic worker, unwed brides or Slave increases, it is being met with the supply of innocent victim from the rural and remote areas. But this fact can also not be declined that the trend of reverse trafficking has also been observed in recent times whereby the victims are being trafficked from, earlier known as destination areas, to source areas. Victims are lured, forced, duped and even kidnapped to meet this increasing supply.

Purposes of trafficking as mentioned earlier ranges from Domestic worker, cheap labour or free labour, Sex trafficking, forced marriages, organ trade to pornography.

In India, especially in urban states, the young girls and children are supplied to effluent houses as domestic worker. They are picked up from vulnerable areas and sold off as domestic servants in house with an advance payment of 20K -30K once and around INR 2500/- to 3000/- every month is being taken by placement agents from these effluent houses. These victims live in bonded like condition and work from early morning to late nights. Once the contract of 11 months is over with the employers, the placement agencies take back the victim and place him/her in another house. This cycle of exploitation keep on going till the time a victim who is fortunate enough get rescued. Many of these domestic servants reports physical and sexual abuse and many times the information of suspected death of these workers comes. These placement agencies are running illegally and keep on changing its address and contact numbers. With no law pertaining to placement agencies, these are operating fearlessly, even if a placement agency is being raided, the traffickers get away easily.

mardaani01-jun24One of the most profits making industry in India is Sex trafficking, young girls are at huge demand in India which leads to the trafficking of girls as young as 11-13 years old. An age in which a girl is supposed to be safe with her family, she is being thrown in a hell with no hope of life. This is also known as child sex trafficking. Every time a new girl is supplied for prostitution, she is being thrashed, burnt, slapped, raped, confined in room, forced to attend around 25-30 customers a day and face every form of torture till the time she agrees to the demands of brothel owners. These young girls are at huge risk of getting infected with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. This is saddened truth that our administration is kept quiet about the issue of red light areas. The biggest Irony is that the debates of legalising prostitution are being done by the brother owners or managers but the voices of actual victims never come out of the walls of the brothels.

Another purpose of trafficking is the trafficking of young girls for forced marriages. States like Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh find it difficult to marry off their loving sons due to skewed sex ratio, hence instead of raising up a girl they are more favourable towards buying a girl. The girls are being sold off like cattle in these states from West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and now from Jharkhand as Well. The victims are never married but spent their life as unwed brides of a man usually double and even triple their age. Girls as young as 13 years are forced to live like wives of 40 to 60 year old man. Forced marriage is considered to be one of the worst form of slavery whereby a victim is not merely exploited sexually and physically but also made to work for free in house or in fields. Victims of forced marriages stated that they are being forced to work as slaves in day time and during night they are repeatedly raped not only by their so called husbands but many times by other relatives.

While young girls are being trafficked into sex slavery, domestic work, pornography and forced marriage, children are being sold off into bonded labour, domestic servitude, child pornography and sex tourism. This is the major factor behind the increasing number of missing children. News papers are full of news related to missing children and trafficking.

We at Shakti Vahini believe that there is an urgent need of partnership among all the stakeholders, NGOs, Police, Judiciary, Ministries and majorly of common man to curb this menace and save our daughters and sons.

Save at least one human from slavery in your life. Take up the pledge to report the cases of human trafficking or child trafficking in your area.

Vigilance Groups being formed across North Bengal to prevent Human Trafficking

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Shakti Vahini through its Anti Trafficking and Justice Project has formed vigilance Groups across North Bengal to prevent Human Trafficking by Involving the Community.

The Initiative is strengthening the Village Level Child Protection Committees (VLCPC) and ensuring citizens involvement in Preventing Human Trafficking. Vigilance Groups which are being formed across various Tea Estates in North Bengal Districts of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri and are being involved to keep a watch on the movement of Traffickers and also spreading awareness in the village on the dangers of Human Trafficking.

These vigilance groups have been taking initiative to disseminate the anti trafficking information among the villagers through pamphlets, folders, meeting, street plays.

IMG_3154The need felt was because of increased trafficking from the region and also because of the geographical position of the region as it has international borders with Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. It is the need of the hour to empower the community people to prevent this organized crime.

One of the Group leader of the Village Groups said, “Human Trafficking in the name of labour, prostitution and forced marriage is a serious problem in our society. It is a good platform to discuss things together and we all have to organize to fight this organized crime. The gap between the police and the community need to be reduced by implementing community policing programme in the villages. We ensure that the anti trafficking messages, its precaution and various help line numbers will be disseminated among the community people through the vigilance group.”

“The age old child marriage system which is rampant in north Bengal and one of the most important reasons for trafficking for young girls is being prevented with the help of the Kanyashree scheme. The sensitization programmes with the community mothers to protect their young daughter from the trafficking net has created a major impact in the society. The women in the society are coming out to sensitize the adolescent girls on child trafficking issues.” Mr. Banerjee added.

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TCU partners with Shakti Vahini to help end human trafficking

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A discussion on local and global human trafficking will be held on campus Thursday, in hopes of encouraging TCU students to help with the cause.

The Frogs for Freedom have teamed up with an anti-human trafficking organization Traffic911 from north Texas as well as the Indian anti-trafficking organization Shakti Vahini to host TCU’s first “Night to Fight Human Trafficking” event.

The event will start with a lecture from Subir Roy, the director of programs and projects of Shakti Vahini, in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center at 5:30 p.m., followed by the premier of the documentary “In Plain Sight” at 7 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom.

The event will be free to students with their IDs. However, they will be asked to donate $5 to Traffic911. Tickets for non-students are $10. All of the proceeds will go to Traffic911.

These organizations said they strive to show that human trafficking is an issue all over the world, including the United States.

“Human trafficking is such an issue and it is a problem everywhere, not just in India,” Roy said. “Students should understand how human trafficking takes place, which countries are more prone [to it] and why.”

Roy said he wants to build a stronger partnership with TCU in hopes of bringing more students to India to work with Shakti Vahini.

With TCU Study Abroad: Human Trafficking in India, students can work with anti-trafficking, non-government associations such as Shakti Vahini for two weeks during the summer.

“Seeing how Shakti Vahini works was inspiring. They do so much with so little, despite facing opposition at seemingly every turn,” said junior Josh Blankenship, who went on the trip. “Much of their success, I think, is owed to Subir Roy and the rest of their staff’s creativity and diligence.”

Students can receive three or six credit hours for this trip.

Ultimately through TCU’s Global Citizenship Initiative, which involves having global speakers come to campus, the organizations hope to bring more awareness to human exploitation.

With this awareness, these organizations want to encourage TCU students to be part of the effort for change.

“When there’s a social issue that needs addressing, historically speaking, it begins on campuses,” said Dr. Vanessa Bouché, assistant professor in TCU’s political science department and an organizer for this event. “That’s where passion begins, and then it bubbles over to society.”

Bouché wants students to become passionate about this particular social issue.

“Human exploitation is arguably the human rights issue of the 21st century,” Bouché said. “At a very minimum, we need to be thinking critically about these issues.”

Trafficking Kingpin Pannalal Arrest Brings Focus to Illegal Placement Agencies Indulging in Human Trafficking

SUNITASHAKTI VAHINI PRESS RELEASE/ 24 October 2014

The hide and seek of Panna Lal and his wife came to an end on 19th October, 2014 with their arrest by Crime Branch Delhi and Jharkhand Anti-human Trafficking Unit under various charges from Shakurpur area of Delhi. 31 years old Panna Lal and his 37 year old wife Sunita were most wanted in various FIRs in Jharkhand. Human Trafficking kingpin, Panna Lal and his wife have been trafficking minor and young tribal girls from the remote areas of Jharkhand.

Search For Pannalal and His Wife

On 13th October, Panna Lala’s Sister in law Gayatri was arrested for illegally bringing minor girls from Jharkhand and then selling them off in domestic Slavery. Gayatri was also a named accused in a FIR in Jharkhand. Fearlessly, she was running a Gayatri placement agency in M Block, Shakurpur, Delhi and operating from there.

On 13th October, 2014 a raid was conducted by Jharkhand AHTU team and Delhi Crime Branch along with Shakti Vahini (for search of trafficked victims) in which Gayatri was arrested. She was produced in Rohini court same day and was later taken to Jharkhand.

A search for Panna Lal and Sunita was also conducted at different hideout of Panna Lal in Shakur Pur but the couple was not found. Meanwhile a strong informer network was developed by Jharkhand AHTU in Shakurpur to get the details of Panna Lal and his wife.

Arrest of Pannalal and His Wife

Jharkhand AHTU S.I Aradhana Singh kept a watch at the house of Panna Lal in Shakurpur through informers. Getting a tip off from the informer about the whereabouts of Panna Lal and Sunita, Sub Inspector Aradhana Singh immediately Co-ordinated with Delhi Crime Branch and a raid was conducted early morning at Panna Lal’s residence in Shakur Pur and both were arrested on 19th October, 2014.

Jharkhand AHTU team reached Delhi to take the custody of Panna Lal and Sunita. With no remorse on their faces, the Couple was produced before Duty Magistrate, Rohini Court at around 2:30 P.M and were sent to Tihar Jail. Jharkhand AHTU will be given the custody of the couple in their next production before the court.

Modus Operendi of Panna Lal and Sunita

Panna Lal and Sunita were running more than 200 illegal placement agencies with different names in Delhi whereby they were bringing minor girls from Jharkhand and were selling them as domestic slaves with an advance payment of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000/- per girl, in the affluent house of Delhi.

Panna Lal and wife Sunita used to target the minor girls and the most vulnerable families of remote and tribal areas of Jharkhand. Once a girl is being targeted, she is lured with false promises of marriage, good job, education or good life. Families were also given assurance that the girl will be given a good life and her salary will be sent to them every month. After the girl is being taken to Delhi, she is confined and placed into houses by these placement agencies of Panna Lal, to work from early morning till late nights without any break or holiday. The salary of the girl is also taken by Panna Lal. Every girl is placed in a house for 11 months and was then after 11 months she is further placed in other house. Victims are not allowed to go back to their home or to meet their relatives.

The trafficking victims were exploited not only by these persons but also by their employers. Those who are fortunate enough get rescued by Police or anti-Trafficking organisation while other stay confined as slaves.

IMG_5222Delhi: A hub of illegally running placement agencies

Delhi has rapidly become a hub for placement agencies in past few years. Areas like Tughlakabad, Ranibagh, Punjabi Bagh, Shakurpur, Shakarpur etc emerged out as centres for these placement agencies. There more than 10,000 placement agencies illegally running in Delhi and more than 4000 of these agencies are situated at Shakurpur only under the jurisdiction of Subhash Place police station. While a very small number of these agencies are registered under Labour Department but they have not comply with the rules yet. There is no law to regulate these agencies so far due to which these agencies are fearlessly trafficking minors from States of Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal and Orissa. Even if an agency is raided and closed down, the agents get away easily and reopen a new agency with different name and address and the never ending cycle of exploitation of minor girls continues.

Jharkhand C.I.D, last year handed over a list of 240 agents and agencies running illegally in Delhi and involved in trafficking minor girls from Jharkhand, a copy of which was also given to Shakti Vahini. The names of Panna Lal and Sunita were also exposed in the list. The Jharkhand police was looking out for these two traffickers since a long time and with the arrest of Panna Lal and Sunita, Jharkhand police hoping that many other names may come out.

Role of placement agencies in Child Trafficking

Placement agencies are playing a major role in trafficking minor girls as well as children for the purpose of labour, sex slavery and forced marriages. The traffickers have changed their modus operandi with the changes in law and society.

In most of the cases the trafficker is known to the victim who convinces the victim and her/his family and further sell them over to placement agent. The placement agencies generally recruit a person to target the girls and then pick them up (By luring or sometimes by kidnapping) and bring them to main cities of the state. From the main cities another person come in charge and further take the victims to railway station from where they are handed over to another person and brought to Delhi. After reaching Delhi, the victims are further handed over to another person and brought to Placement agencies.

Some victims are then placed in various houses as domestic help with a payment of Rs 20,000/- to Rs 30,000/- , while others are sold off into forced marriages or Prostitution. The girls who are placed in houses with a monthly salary of Rs 1000 or Rs 3000 never get their wages. A girl is placed in one house for 11 months and every month the placement agencies take their salary which never reaches the victims or their families. Once a victim completes her 11 months in house, she is further placed into another house and the exploitation continues.

For objecting the work given by placement agencies, the victims are tortured, thrashed and beaten up badly, many times these victim girls report sexual violence and assault by the placement agents and even by their employers. The girls are kept confined in the placement agencies till the time they are sold further.

These placement agencies keep on changing their addresses, name and contact details to escape from law. Taking benefits of various loop holes in law and government machineries the placement agencies operate freely and actively.

What can be done?

A time when, the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi is focussing on labour reforms and giving dignity to labour, the country on the other hand fails to recognise one of the main work force i.e. Domestic Labour. Domestic Labour or Domestic Worker constitutes a huge work force in India which usually remained hidden in closed doors of our houses.

Need to regulate the placement agencies

There is an urgent need to regulate the placement agencies operating in Delhi. A bill to regulate the placement Agencies and to recognise domestic worker as a work force, named “The Delhi Private Placement Agencies (Regulation) Bill 2012, was presented before the government. But, the bill is not passed yet.

Chhattisgarh in this context has taken a vital step by becoming the first state to launch the Private Agencies (Regulation) Act this year.

Recently, on 25th September, 2014, Labour Department, Governemnt of National Capital Territory of Delhi in compliance with the order of Delhi high court in writ Petition (Crl.) 82/2009 , passed an executive order whreby the placement agencies are directed to get themselves registered under “Delhi Shops & Establishment Act, 1954” or “Inter State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1979 before 25th October, 2014.

PLACEMENT shakti vahiniSilent Features of the Order:

A domestic worker is defined as the person who is of the age 18 years or more who performs domestic work only sporadically and is employed through a contractor.

Placement agencies shall provide the details of their details, Number of persons/ domestic workers, who are employed through them with their names, age and addresses, Details or salaries fixed, addresses of employers, period of employment, nature of work, details of commissions received from the employers.

The applicant will be given a license to run his/her placement agency after 15 days of issuance of the registration certificate by Labour department.

Every Domestic Worker will issued an attested pass book by his/her placement agency indicating name, age, address, employer’s name, period of employment, payment of wages etc.
Agreement for engagement of domestic workers by the employer through placement agency shall be in writing.

If placement agencies do not comply with the provision of the order, a penalty will be imposed or the registration/license will be cancelled to run the agency in Delhi-NCR

The Delhi Commission for Women and Child Welfare committee are given special powers and duties in virtue of the direction of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi.

Taking a strong stand against the trafficking of minors in Delhi for domestic workers and their exploitation, the order has also given power to Delhi Commission for Women and Child Welfare Committee to examine the complaints related to withholding wages not less than minimum wages, harassment or abuse by placement agencies and employers, non-compliance of the agreed terms, abusive working conditions, long working hours, lack of basic facilities etc.

State Plan of action to Combat Human Trafficking.

States have to come up with a state plan of action for the Rehabilitation of trafficking victims and preventing trafficking of children and Women. The State plan of action will focus on ensuring protection, Rehabilitation, and rescue of trafficking Victim, and providing Training, education and awareness at mass level about human Trafficking.

Providing training and skills to Domestic helps

The domestic helps working in our houses shall be treated with dignity and shall be given training for skill development. The harassment and exploitation of domestic helps can come to an end if they are provided with education and skill development training.

Give Dignity to your Domestic help.

It is very much needed that each and every person shall come forward and give respect and dignity to the domestic help. Make sure that you are not employing anyone who is below the age of 18 years. Verify the identity of your Domestic help’s. Check the registration of the placement agency with local police. Pay the salary according to the minimum wages prescribed by the government, directly to him/her in bank accounts.

Most of the domestic worker comes from the back breaking poverty background with a hope of assisting their family in financial condition. But Irony is that the amount that we pay to placement agency as advance or as salary of our domestic help never reaches them. Hence in cases a girl is rescued and restored back to her family, have the high chances of getting trapped by the traffickers again.

Shakti vahini IndiaRWAs have to come forward

Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) are playing a vital role in cities like Delhi to look into the general affairs of the locality. RWAs have to take up the command to see that no child or a woman is forced to work in its locality. RWAs shall time to time sensitize residents about the Domestic helps. They shall take the responsibility of their locality and make it a slavery free locality.

Every day, Thousands of innocent children and women are being at a risk of trafficked and forced to work as slaves in and around our houses. The number of missing children and girls is increasing day by day.

We at Shakti Vahini have been actively working in bringing the victims close to the justice.

Two girls from Bengal rescued in U.P.

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A heavily skewed sex ratio in Uttar Pradesh is resulting in trafficking and ‘forced marriages’ of many girls from eastern India. The girls are lured by ‘so-called lovers’ and sold to ‘clients or would-be husbands’ at a premium price. The girls are often used as ‘sex slaves’ and then resold. Two girls from the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal were sold as ‘brides’ on the outskirts of Noida in western Uttar Pradesh. Both the girls, aged 19 years, were rescued by the West Bengal Police in a joint operation with Shakti Vahini, an NGO, earlier this week. Consequently, a major trafficking racket was busted.

In another instance, a minor girl from Uttar Dinajpur district was rescued from Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh around the same time.

The two girls from North 24 Paraganas were lured by Akhtar Ali, a resident of the same district. They were forced into marriage to two villagers in Western U.P .who allegedly paid Rs. 40,000 for one girl and Rs 50,000 for the other.

“The girls who are forced into marriages typically end up as slaves. Due to skewed sex-ratio in places such as western UP, Haryana and Punjab, girls from West Bengal and other parts of eastern India are trafficked on a regular basis,” said Rishi Kant, an activist with Shakti Vahini. The number of females per thousand males in Uttar Pradesh is 912, which is below the national average of 940, as per census of 2011.

Physically tortured

After winning the confidence of the girls, Ali took them to Noida in separate trips. The girls were initially confined in the house of Basanti, an elderly woman, who later sold them to Sanju and Tinu of Khatna village and Tulsivihar in Noida, respectively. The girls were practically imprisoned by these men and ‘physically tortured’. However, they managed to get in touch with their relatives in West Bengal, who in turn approached the police and the NGO.

The accused (Basanti and Akhtar Ali and two buyers in UP) have been booked under relevant sections of the law on the basis of two complaints made at the Hasnabad and Deganga police stations of the district,” said Bhaskar Mukherjee told The Hindu, Additional SP, North 24 Paraganas.

According to Sarbari Bhattacharya, an officer with the anti-human trafficking cell of the West Bengal police, the practice of ‘forced marriage’ in the illegal trafficking business, is ‘relatively a new phenomenon.’

“I can recall an incident in 2012 when the remains of a girl were recovered by the police at Khurja in UP, after she was trafficked and forced into a marriage, and then killed and buried,” the officer said.

Have heart for trafficking victims: World Day against Trafficking in Person

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As the World marked its first “World Day against Trafficking in Persons”, young students of Amity Institute of Social Science came forward to discuss the issue of human trafficking in Amity University. On 30th July, 2014, Shakti Vahini, an anti human trafficking NGO, organized a discussion on human trafficking in collaboration with Amity Institute of Social Science to give a platform to young students to learn the gravity of the issue and discuss the problem at a depth.

The programme began with the brief introduction about human trafficking and the modus operandi of the traffickers. It has been observed in past few years that due to efforts of anti human trafficking agencies, the issue of trafficking has come into light and people at the destination level are quite familiar with the issue. But, the rude and cruel reality of trafficking is still unknown to people. Hence Shakti Vahini has started a campaign to reach young students from different universities and residents through RWAs and educate them about the human trafficking. The main objective of the campaign is to reduce trafficking of young girls and children into the capital.

Mentioning the plight of the trafficking victim, Mr. Rishi Kant, Social Activist from Shakti Vahini said that the innumerable girls and children are lured and trafficked from remote villages to metro cities. “There is an urgent need to join hands and aware youth of our country to give strength to this fight against human trafficking”, Said Mr. Kant. With the examples of case studies, Mr. Kant very enthusiastically motivated the students. In this interactive discussion, students not only cleared their doubts and misconception about the issue but also shared their own experiences.

Focusing on the skewed sex ratio of some states of North India, Mr. Kant described how trafficking of girls is done for forced marriages and girls are being reduced into sex slaves. He further said that the situation is very alarming need immediate action. Students were told to be active and condemn trafficking in any form.

At the end, Students took a pledge to report the matter of trafficking and contribute in this fight.

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