Trafficked girl reunited with family after 7 years

Trafficked girl reunited with family after 7 years

A 17-year-old girl, trafficked by a placement agency and beaten and abused by her employer for five years, was finally restored with her family on Tuesday after seven long years.

The girl is a native of Chhattisgarh and was trafficked from Sarguja district seven years ago by agents of a placement firm which promised her a job in the national capital.
Her employers were identified on Monday and asked to pay a compensation of Rs 5.50 lakh.

Upon reaching Delhi, she worked for two years near AIIMS and was later employed at a house in east Delhi's Patparganj area.

She ran away from the house three months ago after years of abuse. The Delhi Police found her near Anand Vihar railway station and sent her to a home run by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC).

The girl told the CWC members that she escaped from the house because she was beaten and abused regularly by her employers, a married couple, who didn't even pay her salary and instead paid the placement agency.

While the wife is a government school teacher, the husband works abroad.  “The woman used to threaten the girl that if she dares to leave the house, her parents will either be killed or jailed,” a CWC member said.

The CWC, with the help of an NGO, on Monday took the girl to the area where she located the employers’ house. They were then asked to pay Rs 5.50 lakh.

“We contacted the family, which said that they were clueless about her whereabouts and were trying to find her for seven years. Her sister arrived on Tuesday to take her back,” the CWC member said.

The family belongs from a tribal area and hadn't filed any missing person complaint with the police.  The CWC has also directed the police to take appropriate action against the employers and see if there is a provision for imprisonment since atrocities were committed by them.

A large number of unregulated placement agencies in the capital are acting as hubs for trafficking in Delhi, NGOs complain.

A bill to regulate private placement agencies and to improve the working conditions of domestic workers has been drafted by the Labour Department, but not introduced in the Assembly.

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had last year informed that out of total 1,250 registered private agencies, not a single one has taken the necessary licence and nobody had authenticated the details provided by them.

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