Human Trafficking in Bangalore
The city of Bengaluru has a large population. This creates a demand for human capital. While most demand for human capital is satisfied by the incoming migrant population, few people of scrupulous dealings aim to lure the weak and vulnerable into the city.
- The city of Bengaluru has become a major receiver station for child trafficking rings which bring in people from Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand.
- As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) records which were released in 2016, in over 1,100 cases of trafficking were busted and a total of 2,712 victims were rescued between 2014 and 2016.
- Children made up over 25% of the victims while 80% of rescues were female.
- The children and women may have been brought for use as laborers and could eventually be pushed into prostitution.
- Most of the victims of prostitution are either from Bengal, Nepal or the North East.
- Majorly, over 66% of the rescued bonded laborers were victims of human trafficking.
- The victims of the bonded labor were from Odisha, Tamil Nadu and were majorly the members of of the Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste communities.
Why is it in the news???
A prostitution ring was busted in Bangalore. Over 10 girls who had been lured with the promise of a good job and had then been pushed into prostitution were found locked by the police and NGO officials in a locked cupboard.
Operation Nanhe Farishte
Operation Nanhe Farishte is a dedicated campaign to stop child trafficking through the railway stations. It has saved over several children and is being improved by the installation of face-recognition systems.