I am nobody’s child is a piece by Nina C George for the Deccan Herald, which is worth reading in full. Here’s an excerpt:
Hapless and haggard, migrant children descend on the City they hope would liberate them from the predatory instincts of poverty.
But within minutes of setting their foot on the City, traffickers swoop down on them. Painting a scene of hope, the traffickers lure away these children back into the world of drudgery and more misery.
The City’s railway stations and bus stands are the abodes of this body shopping of the most venal kind. A child can be bought here for as low as Rs 150. From the marketplace, these children are straightaway routed into beggary, hotel industry and prostitution.
There are also good guys who fighting to rescue the children, but it’s a hard task:
Alongside the traffickers, operate rescuers as well. There are more than 20 volunteers from three or four NGOs in the City that work to rescue these children from the traffickers.
“We are located at bus stands, railways stations and lorry stands in the City. If a migrant child is not spotted and removed from the spot within 10 minutes, he or she would be taken away by traffickers. Sometimes the traffickers are so well linked that we have to simply turn a blind eye to the traffickers and let the child go,” says a member of a prominent rescue team in the City.
According to Ramaswamy, coordinator with BOSCO, this year about 629 children were rescued between June and November and in November alone till date the number of rescued children stands at 17. Close to 50 children are rescued a month from bus stands alone.
Deccan Herald also carried another piece on the same topic, by the same author and that one is titled Migraine of migrant children.
Children need to be protected and they need to have a childhood–what they don’t need is to be caught in the ugly web of child trafficking.