Move to rein in child trafficking
The State government has launched awareness campaign as part of the plan to arrest the incidence of child trafficking and curb the practice of child labour.
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Hyderabad: The State government has launched awareness campaign as part of the plan to arrest the incidence of child trafficking and curb the practice of child labour. The task of creating awareness among the people has been assigned to child protection committees under the Women and Child Welfare Department.
The committee would visit the slum areas, schools and remote villages and educate children, adults on the ill-effects of child trafficking and engaging children for work at tender age. The committee will also educate the parents on the need to send their wards to the schools. The government has taken this decision as the number of child trafficking cases and child labour cases have been on the rise across the State.
In 2015-2016 alone about 1,200 cases of child trafficking cases were recorded. It is said that cases of child trafficking and child labour is prominent among the school dropouts in the remote areas. According to officials, children are brought to the city by contractors promising their parents remuneration every month. “Due to their extreme poverty parents send their children for work.
However, the children are not given remuneration for their labour and they are forced to work like bonded labourers,” a senior official said. The committee would enlist the cooperation of not only children and parents but also teachers at schools. NGOs too have been roped to train teachers in how to keep away children from work and to reduce the number of school dropouts.
A senior official said teachers would be given training in counselling the children to prevent them from dropping out of the school. He further said children rescued from trafficking would be in a bad state of mind and would be sent to child home. “Once they come out of the fear, their interest towards the subject is analysed and accordingly they are trained,” the official added.
According to the sources, Old City is one place where most of the children lured by promising remuneration are working in the workshops. It is learnt that children are forced to work in the first, second and third floors of the building while owners of the building and families stay on the ground floor. As a result of which, officials are finding it difficult to identify the workshop in which the children have been engaged.