Children of adivasi, poor and large families especially girls are prime targets. Many never return and nearly 8 to 10 children out of every 100 migrating every year go missing and the same number of children per tea garden is being trafficked every year. Delhi remains the most preferred destination followed by Kerala, Sikkim, Punjab, Bangalore and Bhutan.Poverty was ranked as the number one contributing factor, as labourers are left to fend for themselves by tea garden owners who abandon their estates without paying salary/wages, provident fund and gratuity to them. It was followed by unemployment, poor wages, large family, illiteracy and promise of a better life.
The importance attributed to the factors in trafficking is corroborated by similar emphasis given to creation of employment (77.78%), spreading awareness (67.22%), increased wages (63.89%), stopping drop out (56.11%, ) and poverty removal (50%) as steps to prevent trafficking.
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