Five minors rescued from trafficking bid

  • By TOI
  • | Thursday | 17th May, 2018

Both of them are being questioned by police.The state has been grappling with trafficking and kidnapping of minors. "In 2017, the RPF rescued at least 515 minors and arrested 11 traffickers. This year, the RPF has rescued 170 children so far," Pranav Jyoti Sharma, chief public relations officer of Northeast Frontier Railway, said. The spurt in fake job placement services, which are fronts for trafficking rings, has remained unchecked as no mechanism to address the problem has been put in place yet. In 2016, police records state, 130 minors were trafficked and only 37 rescued.Boys who fall victim to trafficking usually land in factories in metro cities while girls are forced into marriage, sexual exploitation or engaged as domestic help.

GUWAHATI: Alert Railway Protection Force ( RPF ) personnel thwarted a trafficking attempt at Rangiya railway station in Kamrup district on Monday, rescuing five minor boys between 13 and 17 years old who were about to be taken to Nepal illegally."The boys were in line to book tickets to New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.

Suddenly, two strangers approached them and asked them to follow.

The plain-clothed security personnel noticed the suspicious move, intervened and arrested them.

They were then handed over to the government railway police," police sources said.The boys have been handed over to the Kamrup unit of Childline and were produced before the Child Welfare Committee here on Wednesday.A man identified as Prashanta Rabha is suspected to be at the centre of the trafficking ring.

He had brought the boys to the station and asked them to book the tickets as he stood at a distance, the boys told police.

When security personnel stepped in, he is thought to have made a run for it.

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