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As many as three children being trafficked everyday from Odisha to other states
It's an alarming situation in Odisha. Almost every day as many as three children, subjected to sexual exploitation and abuse, are being trafficked to other states.

This fact came to the fore in the Round Table on Sexual Exploitation of Children and Child Trafficking organized by ATSEC India in collaboration with ATSEC Odisha held Monday here in Bhubaneswar.

As per latest figures provided by the police department, 1147 children had been trafficked in 2016 which is 44 per cent increase in comparison to the previous year. In the Round Table almost all the speakers and experts working in the field opined that mass effort with the help of government agencies as well as civil society groups and specific networks was required to prevent such inhuman trafficking of child and sexual exploitation.

Sandhyabati Pradhan of the Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights expressed her concern on rising child trafficking stating that despite having acts to protect children and women, cases of trafficking and sexual exploitation had been reported at an increasing rate in the state. She focused on alertness of the agencies and networks and appealed for a mass effort to curb the menace.

Manas Das, Director of Vasundhara informed that a majority of children were being left for exploitation because of absence of their parents as they migrate from rural areas to outside the state in search of jobs. Consequently, the children at home and girls at home were left without any security cover. In most of the girls' cases, they were being lured over good jobs and marriage for a better life. Majority of the girls were from southern and western parts of the state and they had been rescued from states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar,  Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Das informed while expressing his concern that parents were not interested to seek justice due to lack of awareness and thinking that the process would waste their time and money, though there were civil societies for legal assistance and the state for taking protection measures. He observed that there was possibility of rise in child trafficking because the racketeers were getting a handsome amount of profit.

Manabendra Mandal, National Convenor of ATSEC, SM Farooque, State Convenor, ATSEC Odisha, Jagdish Pradhan of Vikash Abhiyan, Bijaylaxmi Das, Former Chairperson of Odisha State Commission For Protection of Child Rights, Sandeep Dutta of Child Fund India and Sneha Mishra of NAWO also spoke at the Round Table.

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