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Tribal girls from Jharkhand easy target for traffickers

New Delhi: With the rescue of a 14-year-old domestic help from her employer's house in north west Delhi's Model Town, the issue of fake placement agencies and human trafficking of tribal girls from remote areas of Jharkhand on the pretext of a good life has come to the forefront.
The minor girl – who was rescued by a team of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and Delhi Police – told her rescuers that over her four month-long stay, she face severe harassment at the hands of her employer, who would burn her, thrash her and even strangulated her.
However, a majority of tribal girls brought to Delhi face a similar ordeal daily.
Manoj Kumar Rai, chairperson of Child Welfare Committee in Jharkhand's Khunti district, told Millennium Post they started investigating the case after coming to know of the girl's situation, who belongs to the same district.
Explaining the modus operandi used by traffickers to take away young tribal girls from Jharkhand, Rai said, "The traffickers first decide the girl they will target. Then they lure another child in the village, who is economically very weak, give them some money and tell them to bring the girl to the bus stop or railway station."
The minor, who is unaware of the trafficking, brings the girl to the spot from where she would be trafficked. "We found two such cases, after which we started questioning children whenever they went in groups," added Rai.
In another case, investigators found that traffickers only took one girl at a time, so that they can dodge police.
Girls, who are exclusively speakers of tribal languages, are a major part of the trafficking racket. Traffickers are seen targetting only those tribal girls who did not speak Hindi properly and only understand their local language.
This, sources said, was because if a girl even manages to escape her captor, she will be unable to take help from locals as they will not be able to understand her language.
Rishikant, from the NGO Shaktivahini, said that fake placement agencies play a major role in human trafficking, as the people who run these agencies are well-versed in regional languages.
''They meet the families of girls in tribal areas and talks to them in the local language to gain the trust of the family, then take the child to the Capital and sell them. We have found that there are several fake agencies in Delhi. A strict law is required against these fake agencies," said Rishikant.
Member of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Yashwant Jain says they have held meetings with the Resident Commissioners of state Bhawans in Delhi and told them to employ a translator well-versed in regional languages, which will help police as well as the trafficking survivors.
"We have given state Bhawans post-rescue guidelines for trafficked children survivors rescued from Delhi and NCR," said Jain
Meanwhile, Delhi Police have sent a team to Jharkhand to trace the family of the rescued 14-year-old girl.
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