NEW DELHI: Two Nepalese girls, displaced in the aftermath of the devastating April 2015 earthquake, have been rescued from GB Road, the red light district of the capital.
Several NGOs had raised concer ns that women and girls had become vulnerable to human traffickers last year. This is the first case in which Nepalese girls displaced by the quake have been rescued. Police officers said they are looking for one more girl.
Activists claim that despite reports, very few cases have come to light due to police negligence. Many girls from Nepal had been rescued from human traffickers at the Delhi airport.
Sources said the girls managed to contact their ‘brother’ in Gurgaon who then called up a Nepal-based NGO two weeks ago. The NGO representatives approached the police on Monday and the girl were rescued on Wednesday.
“We have been saying that girls from earthquake affected of Nepal are sold at GB road. But there has been no rescue operation so far. It is only when the girls managed to communicate to some people in Nepal that the matter came to light. Now, the police should break the entire nexus,” said Rishikant, an activist with Shakti Vahini.
Activists had expressed similar concer ns after the Uttarakhand floods two years ago as displaced and homeless children had become vulnerable to trafficking. In the 2004 Tsunami, many women who lost their family were trafficked. Moreover, children were also trafficked as cheap labour in Odisha after the disaster struck.
The 2008 Kosi floods in Bihar that affected 3.5 million people, including over a million children, saw rampant child trafficking. According to a UNICEF report, 2,500 children were trafficked in north Bihar following damages due to heavy rains in 2007. The relief camps in Bhuj, Gujarat, set up after the 26 January 2001 earthquake, had also become highly vulnerable to human trafficking, drug trafficking and sexual exploitation.