CHANDIGARH: When the entire nation is participating to provide help to earthquake-hit Nepal by providing medical aid, food, water, clothes and sanitary items, a city-based NGO, Salaam Zindagi, has shifted its focus to something that a common man will hardly imagine — saving homeless children of the neighbouring country from human trafficking.
According to the NGO heads, disaster-hit areas become open grounds for traffickers as children are easy targets. “No security checks exist in such areas. People have easy reasons for not having documents to prove identity and relationships. In Nepal, trafficking is easier through India as the country has seven border entries with hardly any checks. We have got to know that after the disaster many Nepalese families are planning to relocate and this will offer a chance to traffickers,” said Amrinder Singh, founder of Salaam Zindagi.
The plan of the team is to stop trafficking at the initial stage. “In Uttarakhand, we listed 450-500 missing children but no action could be taken as police were not making any headway. This time we have started early to stop the traffickers,” Singh said.
A team of seven volunteers will be leaving for Nepal on Monday. “We have conducted events with Nepal-based NGO but after the earthquake we are not able to contact them. Our seven-member team will be reaching there soon. It will set up base on all seven borders to check trafficking,” he said. The team will be gathering data on how many children have gone missing.
The NGO members will also send relief material in the second half of the month. “Till May 15, we will be gathering funds and by then we will get to know about the needs. We are not sending relief material immediately as everyone does so in the initial days. We are still providing relief material to Jammu and Kashmir flood victims.”
Source- Times of India