Trafficking of minor girls has increased manifold in the past five years and was at an all-time high in 2011. But statistics also point out that trafficking for prostitution has been at an all time low.
The two facts may seem contrasting only till the time you come know about the disturbing trend that pushing minor girls into the racket of domestic maids has emerged as a far more lucrative business than flesh trade.
National Crime Record Bureau data shows that during 2011 buying girls for prostitution hit an all-time low.
"Traffickers are now eyeing the more lucrative business of domestic helps," a senior police officer said. Members associated with various NGOs confirm that the traffickers are increasingly working for placement agencies than the local kothas.
When Hindustan Times visited a placement agency in Mohammadpur near Bhika Ji Cama Place, the agent readily offered 'domestic help' of any age (including minors) at any location in Delhi. While expert at household chores was offered at Rs 5,000 per month, one with average work-skills was available for Rs 4,000 per month.