CWC to form team for verification of maids

Gurugram: To curb the rising cases of human trafficking, the child welfare committee along with the Gurugram police will form teams to verify domestic maids working in different parts of the city.

The action comes at a time when there have been several incidents in residential societies where maids have been exploited by the owners. The recent incident came when a 16-year-old girl was rescued from a condominium society.

Not only was the minor abused physically but it has come to notice of the investigators that she was also raped several times. In the past, there have been several incidents where due to extreme exploitation, the maids have either run away from the house or in worst the cases, committed suicide.

According to officials, there is a strong mafia that is operating in the areas of Bengal, Jharkhand and even Nepal where young girls are first influenced, brought to big cities and then sold off to agencies.

These agencies are raking in huge profits by selling these maids in domestic households in the national capital region. Most of these agencies are also not legally registered.

"The menace of human trafficking and the exploitation of human dignity is proving to be a challenge. We are asking the RWAs to make sure that all the maids who are employed in the households are verified. If required, we will also form teams to make sure that no more of such exploitation takes place," said a senior official of CWC.

There are also plans by the CWC to rehabilitate the rescued minors and if possible make an arrangement for them to go back to their homes. "It is important to note that most of these girls do not want to go back home out of shame or poverty."

"In such context, we are trying to create a mechanism where new skills can be imparted to them and they can find employment in the city," added the official.

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