Chattisgarh, it seems, is becoming epicenter of girl trafficking in the country, with almost 6,000 girls reported missing every year after they are taken away from their parents in the name of providing jobs like housemaids etc.
ACCORDING TO a statement made by state home minister Nanki Ram Kanwar during the recently concluded winter session of the assembly more than 6000 young girls and women were reported missing so far in the past one year from Jashpur and neighboring districts of the state.
However, if one goes by the figures provided by state department of women and child development the situation looks more dangerous as it says that somewhere around 13,000 girls are missing during the past one year from the Jashpur and the neighboring districts.
According to a survey by State Resource Centre, Adult and Continuing Education, in 2009 there were about 20,000 girls who were trafficked to other states in the past 7-8 years.?The trafficked girls are forced into prostitution or sold to aged men in Saudi Arabia, the UK and Libya for marriages or to give birth to male child.
Some of the lucky girls get jobs of housemaids. But there is no guarantee of their safety here also as there are several reports which suggest that they undergo sexual harassment to the extent of multiple rapes.
Lack of police complaints against the traffickers by the parents of the victims have boosted the morale of those who are engaged in this illegal practice. As per a data provided by Jashpur district SP only 30 cases of alleged human trafficking have been registered.