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Child trafficking, according to UNICEF is defined as “any person under 18 who is recruited, transported, transferred, harboured or received for the purpose of exploitation, either within or outside a country”.

She is 7 years old. She does not goes to school as she has to earn money. Her father left them. Her mother is ill. She is a beggar by profession.
She is 7 years old. She does not goes to school as she has to earn money. Her father left them. Her mother is ill. She is a beggar by profession.

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There have been many cases where children just disappear overnight, as many as one every eight minutes, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. Children are taken from their homes to be bought and sold in the market. In India, there is a large number of children trafficked for various reasons such as labour, begging, and sexual exploitation. Because of the nature of this crime; it is hard to track; therefore making it impossible to have exact figures regarding this issue. India is a prime area for child trafficking to occur, as many of those trafficked are from, travel through or destined to go to India. Though most of the trafficking occurs within the country, there is also a significant number of children trafficked from Nepal and Bangladesh. Filmmaker Manish Harishankar has taken the subject of Child trafficking in India in his film Chaarfutiya Chhokare Produced by Sunill Khosla & Vibha Dutta Khosla, intensively and shown this problem, nexus, modus operandi and repercussions.Recently Pradeep Sarkar’s Mardaani also raised strong voice against child sex trafficking in India. Rani Mukherjee was widely appreciated for her portrayal of an officer who rescues many such trapped girls.  You can read more in Wikipedia.

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