HUMAN TRAFFICKING RACKET BUSTED WITH THE ARREST OF TWO

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A HUMAN TRAFFICKINGRACKET BUSTED WITH THE ARREST OF TWO.

THREE MINOR GIRLS RESCUED.

 Crime Branchhas busted a human trafficking racket with the arrest of two persons namely Prabhakar Singh @Prakash @ Tinkoo (24 yrs) s/o Late Bholi Singh r/o Vill. Rotu Road, Distt.Ranchi, Jharkhand and Mohd. Israfil (28 yrs) s/o Mohd. Mustkim r/o Vill.Sultana, Distt. Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. They have been operating from Shakurpur,Delhi and involved in trafficking of minor girls from Jharkhand.

INFORMATION,TEAM AND OPERATION: –

On 05.11.2015, a complaint wasreceived from Child Welfare Committee, Gumla, Jharkhand and NGO Shakti Vahini torescue one 15 years old minor girl from Shakurpur area, reported missing videFIR No.73/15 u/s 363/365/367/370/372 IPC, 23/26 JJ Act, 16/18 Bounded LabourAct, 25/26 Interstate Migration Labour Act, PS AHTU, Palkot, Gumla, Jharkhand .

A team of Anti Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU)led by DCP Rajeev Sharma, consisting of ACP Jitender Singh, Inspr. JoginderSingh, SIs Virender, Rohit, ASI Ramesh, HC Krishan, Ct Prem and W/Ct Sukanya wasconstituted under the supervision of Addl.CP Alok Kumar to take immediate legalaction to rescue the girl. The team was accompanied by father of the victimgirl, members of CWC and NGO Shakti Vahini.

The team collected information about suspect Prakash in Shakurpur area by deploying secret informers in the area. Subsequently,on the basis of secret information, the team checked H.No.E-104, 5thFloor, Shakurpur, Delhi where a placement agency in the name & style ofDipika Placement Service Centre was being run and two persons namely PrabhakarSingh @ Prakash @ Tinkoo and Mohd. Israfil were found present.

On enquiry, both the above said persons Prabhakar@ Prakash and Mohd. Israfil disclosed their involvement in the kidnapping of the victim girl and other minor girls. On their disclosure and pointing out, three girls including the victim were rescued from Shakurpur, Surajmal Vihar andPaschim Vihar, Delhi. The accused Prabhkar @ Prakash used to bring the minorgirls from various places of Jharkhand and hand over to Mohd. Israfil for Rs.15,000/-per girl and further takes Rs. 35,000/- from employers. They have been involvedin this illegal business since last five years.

 The accused were arrested by Crime Branchunder appropriate sections of law and further action is being taken byJharkhand police.

MODUS OPERANDI:-

Trafficker Prabhakar @ Prakash is resident of Ranchi and used to visit the rural areas of District Gumla, Jharkhand frequently in search of victims. He would lure minor girls on the pretext of employment/ good income or for site seeing in Delhi. He used to bring them toDelhi without informing their parents and hand them over to the accused Mohd. Israfil at the rate of Rs. 15,000/- per girl. Md. Israfil would further employ each girl after charging Rs. 35,000/- from the employer. Md. Israfil would further collect the monthly payment from the employer and use the same for their own use. Nothing was paid to the girl or their parents. In the month of September2015, Prabhakar @ Prakash had lured three minor girls and handed them over toMd. Israfil.

Accused Mohd. Israfil is previously involvedin the following cases:

  1. FIRNo. 269/12, dt.14-07-12, u/s 374, IPC r.w. 23, 26 JJ Act, P.S. Subhash Place.
  2. FIRNo. 449/12, dt.23-11-12, u/s 376 (G) IPC, P.S. Subhash Place.
  3. FIRNo. 315/13, dt.26-07-13, u/s 323,342,509 IPC, P.S. Subhash Place.
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Teenage tribal girl travels to Delhi to help lead raid on placement agency

SHAKTI VAHINIPUBLISHED IN THE HINDU

An 18-year old tribal girl Sunita Kumari (name changed) helped the Delhi police conduct raids on an illegal placement agency in Taimur Nagar near New Friends Colony (NFC) a year after she had been trafficked from Jharkhand to Delhi to work in the city. Earlier, this week the girl had travelled from Khunti in Jharkhand to Delhi with officials of Anti Human Trafficking Unit of her home district to help identify the personnel running the placement agency Mamta Placement Agency.

“Initially, Mukesh who ran the agency treated me alright and gave me responsibilities of staff at the agency. My work consisted of accompanying the girls and boys – many of them minors – to houses where we had placed them as domestic workers. But a few months later, Mukesh confiscated my mobile phone and broke it. When I said I wanted to leave, he threatened me saying he had all my school documents such as my class X certificates etc. Then I decided to plan an escape and also get my certificates back from him somehow,” said Sunita.

She said she had travelled from Delhi to Bihar with the other staff of the placement agency to a village they were visiting in Banke and fled from there to return to her village in Jharkhand. Three months after returning home, she approached the district labour department of the district and made a complaint about the Delhi-based placement agency. The labour department directed her to the district Anti Human Trafficking Unit and she traveled to Delhi with police officials and NGO Diya Sewa Sansathan.

“I had worked briefly as a housekeeper at a hotel in Bangalore and there I had learned that Labour Department is meant to assist workers who feel cheated. I had remembered that and complained at the district level” said Sunita. She said that she had left her home in Torpa in Khunti after she failed to clear class XII examinations in 2013. “When I took the police to the agency’s address, I knew they will try to threaten me but I will make sure I get my wage dues back as well,” she said.

Sunita Kumari said she had already applied to appear for class XII examinations in her home district again.

Three persons were arrested from the placement agency premises, though the manager Mukesh Kumar was still absconding.

The National Commission for Women had proposed a draft Regulation of Employment Agencies 2007 but it is yet to be accepted and there are no national laws governing the placement agencies at present. Rishikant of NGO Shakti Vahini who was part of the team that went along with the police for the raid said there was a need for a policy on domestic workers.

“It is commendable that this girl was willing to come all the way from another state to Delhi to give information on her employer and she was so keen to get her school certificates back. We will extend to her all help in getting her wages back as well,” said Inspector Aradhana Singh of Anti Human Trafficking Unit.

“When I said I wanted to leave, he(Mukesh) threatened me saying he had all my school documents etc. Then I decided to escape and also get my certificates back

Sunita Kumari (name changed)

Tribal minor girl from Jharkhand rescued in Delhi

Shakti Vahini Jharkhand

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Police in Delhi and Jharkhand yet to register FIR

In the most recent of recurring cases of minors trafficked from rural areas to work as domestic workers in the city, a 14-year old Adivasi girl from Jharkhand was rescued from Kashmiri Gate on May 5 after she left her employer’s house in Chandigarh. Despite a Supreme Court order last January followed by a Home Ministry directive in July 2013 that complaints of all missing children be immediately registered as FIRs, Jharkhand police or Delhi police are yet to do this.

The girl Ritika Mundu (name changed) told the CWC that she had been brought to Delhi by a woman Phaguni Mundu from her village in Khunti in Jharkhand last month. She had been taken to Chandigarh to work as domestic worker where she was beaten regularly and not allowed to contact her family. She narrated that her employers had thrown her out of their house on May 4 after which she caught a bus to Delhi. She was spotted crying and in distress by vendors near ISBT who then alerted the Kashmiri Gate police chowki, who in turn informed the NGO Shakti Vahini.

Ritika Mundu, who has been sent to a children’s shelter home, was carrying an Aadhaar card which revealed her father Kunwar Mundu’s name and her address in Hetgaon village in Khunti’s Murhu block. Her father works as a farm labourer.

Usually, the Child Welfare Committee orders registering of an FIR but they did not specify this time. “The child’s father has not yet made a formal complaint,” said a senior police official in Delhi.

“A FIR should have been registered automatically to begin an investigation into who brought her here and if any placement agency was involved. Since the family is very poor, we have offered to assist them reach their child here,” said Rishikant of NGO Shakti Vahini. He added the NGO had rescued over 70 children from Jharkhand working as domestic workers so far this year.

In Murhu block in Jharkhand, the girl’s father Kunwar Mundu told Jharkhand-based NGO Diya Sewa Sansathan that Ritika, and two other boys including Ritika’s 10-year old cousin Uday Mundu, boarded a bus from the village with Phaguni Mundu on April 5 without informing their families.

“She was in my class but stopped coming regularly to school two years back to help her father. She is a simple child but very articulate. If she had continued she would be in class VIII now,” said Devi Kumari who teaches at the government middle school in Hetgaon. The village mukhiya Devnath Mundu said the village had witnessed similar cases last year too. “Two girls who are 12 and 13 years old are missing since last year, their families found no trace of them. We reported to the thana too but there was no information. Then, last month these three children boarded a bus to Ranchi and maybe a train from there. At least Ritika was found, there is no word on the other two boys who are 10 and 12 years old,” the mukhiya Devnath Mundu told The Hindu on the phone from Jharkhand.

Studies estimate the number of children trafficked from Jharkhand is between 30,000 to 40,000. But the number of FIRs of missing children is less than 500 – a huge gap,” said Baidnath Kumar who works with Diya Sewa Sansathan in Jharkhand.

Gumla girl rescued from Jaipur bus stand

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PUBLISHED IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

RANCHI: A minor girl belonging to Jharkhand’s Gumla district was rescued from Jaipur on Sunday night. According to information provided by the girl to the Jaipur police, she was allegedly trafficked by M.K Service, a placement agency running illegally in the national capital.

The rescued girl said that a woman made the girl sit on a Jaipur-bound bus in New Delhi and directed her to not speak to anybody on the way.

She was also told that somebody in Jaipur will come to receive her at the Sindhi Camp Bus Stop. However, a co-passenger of the victim, who got suspicious on seeing the girl travelling alone, contacted Delhi-based NGO Shakti Vahini, which intervened and rescued the girl.

Rishi Kant, an activist working with Shakti Vahini, said: “We coordinated with the police as well as Suraksha, an NGO based in Jaipur, and asked them to intervene. The bus reached Jaipur at 11pm.” He added: “The girl said that she belongs to Jharkhand and was sent to Jaipur via Delhi. It seems an organized inter-state racket is involved in this case, which needs to be investigated by the anti-human trafficking units of the states concerned.”

Kailash Chandra Bishnoi, deputy commissioner of West Jaipur police, said: “An FIR has been registered at the Sindhi Camp police station in Jaipur under Section 370, which deals with human trafficking. The girl has been sent to a rehabilitation centre run by the government here and we will be contacting the Jharkhand police soon. The victim said that she did not even know the reason why she was being sent to Jaipur, nor did she know the person who was going to meet her here.”

Minor help rescued from Gurgaon

Minor help rescued from Gurgaon

Minor help rescued from Gurgaon

HINDUSTAN TIMES

A 10-year-old domestic help, from Moradabad in UP, was rescued from a house in Belvedere Park building in DLF Phase 2 on Saturday evening. Acting on a tip-off, a team comprising officials of the district child protection department, police and NGO Shakti Vahini raided the house.and rescued the girl.“We have conducted the girl’s medical examination and are awaiting the report. She has been sent to a shelter home. We are investigating the matter and will file an FIR against the accused,” said a police official.

Most rescued childeren are never rehabilitated

Most rescued childeren are never rehabilitated

Most rescued childeren are never rehabilitated

 PRERNA SODHI IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

NEW DELHI: The teenage help who was rescued from a Dwarka apartment in March is now enrolled in a school in Jharkhand. She has received her wage arrears, besides support from the state. But hers is an exceptional story of rehabilitation. Experts say most trafficked children, even when rescued, lead bleak lives.

Take the case of two girls — aged 12 and 13 — who were brought to Delhi a year ago and sexually assaulted at a placement agency. After their rescue, they were sent to a shelter home in West Bengal, and have not received any significant help.

Experts say care and aid are lavished on victims only after their cases grab media attention. Generally, though, rescued children get trapped in procedural hurdles. The luckier ones are ‘reunited’ with their families but not rehabilitated and, occasionally, children even slip back into the hands of traffickers.

Rishikant, an activist from NGO Shakti Vahini, said, “We get many complaints and some of the offences are grave. The state machinery moves when a case gets highlighted. In most cases, the child welfare committees (CWCs) merely dump the children back home without follow-up,” he said. The chairperson of the Lajpat Nagar CWC said, “Reuniting does not mean rehabilitation.” Shakti Vahini claims that of the 200 children it rescued last year, none has been properly rehabilitated.

In most cases, delays occur due to poor inter-state coordination. “The authorities here are not so concerned as 90% of the cases are from other states. Their attitude is that the other state has to take care of them,” said CWC chairperson Raaj Mangal Prasad. It is also observed that the CWCs of the other states are not so zealous in their work.

Rishi Kant, another Shakti Vahini member, said this hampers follow-up action. “The CWC might pass orders in the city and, to an extent, also recover children’s due wages, but it becomes difficult to follow up on a case on a day-to-day basis.” He suggests that the labour department should act as an intermediary between source states and cities from where children are rescued.

The director for policy and research at Child Rights and You (CRY), Vijaylakshmi Arora, said lack of manpower is another important hurdle in rehabilitation. “If you go to the district level or the CWCs, you don’t find much manpower. It is usually one man taking care of 50 cases. That ratio has to be improved.”

Arora said a system needs to be in place to track each and every child’s case separately “as each child’s case is different and the factors for trafficking are different. This will also keep tabs on children who have been re-trafficked; at present there is no system to monitor that.”

While lack of manpower and poor interstate coordination hinder the process of rehabilitation, Prasad said transferring the monitoring of child labour to the department of women and child development will help. “The Child Labour Act that falls under the labour department does not look into the rehabilitation of a child; this is done by the Juvenile Justice Act that is the responsibility of the department of women and child development,” he said, adding, “Shifting the child labour issue to them would speed up the process”.

PRERNA SODHI IN THE TIMES OF INDIA

3 Jharkhand, Bengal girls rescued

3 Jharkhand, Bengal girls rescued

3 Jharkhand, Bengal girls rescued

DWIPAYAN GHOSH IN THE TIMES OF INDIA – MAY 5 , 2012

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police, under fire from the Child Welfare Committee for failing to trace trafficked girls, has rescued three girls from different parts of the capital. The girls from Jharkhand and West Bengal were brought to the city after being drugged and locked up inside toilets of express trains. Once in the capital, they were either employed as domestic help or sold off to brothels.

On May 2, a 15-year-old girl from Simdega in Jharkhand was rescued from the house of one Virender Singh in Pitampura by a joint team of Maurya Enclave Police and Shakti Vahini, an NGO. The girl was allegedly brought to Delhi by one Taleshwar from her village and was employed in Singh’s house as a domestic help allegedly by one Ajit Pyari of a placement agency. But she had not been able to contact Pyari for the past two months.

Two other trafficking victims have been rescued from the GB Road area by a joint team of West Bengal Police and Delhi Police. One Jahangir has also been arrested from Manikchar village in Bengal’s Joynagar and sent to judicial custody. One of the girls, from South 24 Parganas of West Bengal, was lured by one Bappa Haldar with the promise of a better job. She was earning Rs 1,000 a month as a help. The trafficker took her to Howrah station but they boarded a train to Delhi. “I asked him where we were going. He said the owner of the hotel where I was supposed to work lived nearby. When I got suspicious, he threatened me, saying he would push me off the train,” the girl said.

After reaching Delhi, she was kept in a house at Kotla Mubarakpur in south Delhi. There she met another girl from Bengal. After three days, both girls were taken to GB Road. Following a tip-off, a team of Delhi Police and Shakti Vahini, raided the brothel and rescued them on March 31.

3 Jharkhand, Bengal girls rescued