South Western railways rescued around 1,100 people from trafficking in the last 350 days

To cope with the massive influx of children and adults being illegally brought into Bengaluru to work as bonded laborers in different parts of the state, the South Western Railways have launched dedicated child rescue teams under 'Operation Nanhe Farishte.'

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  • Children and adults being illegally brought into Bengaluru to work as bonded laborers
  • South Western Railways have launched dedicated child rescue teams
  • Under 'Operation Nanhe Farishte'

To cope with the massive influx of children and adults being illegally brought into Bengaluru to work as bonded laborers in different parts of the state, the South Western Railways have launched dedicated child rescue teams under 'Operation Nanhe Farishte.'

On World anti-trafficking day, the Security Commissioner tells India Today most of the children are brought to the city from states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, West Bengal and Delhi as well. According to her, there are many job opportunities in Metro cities across the nation and this brings people to these places in search of jobs.

The labour population in Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru rural and Ramanagara is 1,670,734 out of which 558,334 are bonded labourers. This is according to the 2015 research on the prevalence of bonded labour in three districts of Karnataka conducted by International Justice Mission, published in the International Journal of Human Trafficking, June 1, 2018.

Debasmita Chattopadhyaya says, "As Bengaluru is the IT capital, what we see specifically in the child labour cases people are given the allurement that if you come to the city, your life will be better with a good job. But they do not know what kind of future they are getting into."

Prathima M, Associate Director from IJM tells India Today that NGOs dealing with rescuing bonded laborers collaborate with the local government and the police to get the job done. They have so far rescued people working in brick factories, incense industries, footwear factories, poultry farms and even from panipuri carts.

Bonded labour is a severe form of exploitation abolished by the Bonded Labour Abolition Act in 1976. A Bonded Labour System is a system of labour where a person forfeits his rights and freedoms because of a debt or other obligation.

Source:
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/south-western-railways-rescued-around-1-100-people-from-trafficking-in-the-last-350-days-1300841-2018-07-30