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CHILDLINE Berhampur rescues seven girls on their way to Aligarh

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CHILDLINE Berhampur rescues seven girls on their way to Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh

Berhampur: CHILDLINE Berhampur, in association with the Police, rescued seven teenage girls, from Kotgarh in the Kandhamal district. These girls were rescued from the bus stand at Kotgarh, while they were allegedly being trafficked to Aligarh in order to work at a meat packing industry. "We intimated the districts of Kandhamal, Gajapati and Ganjam, and many children were rescued from various places in the city by CHILDLINE", said Sudhir Sabat, Director, CHILDLINE Berhampur.

The rescued girls aged between 13 and 18, hailed from the Marlanga gram panchayat in Kotgarh block. The children from largely tribal-dominated and backward areas of Ganjam, Kandhamal and Gajapti, are lured by the promise of higher wages that they would be given jobs in areas in like Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, New Delhi and Punjab revealed the children to the CHILDLINE team.

"We rescued the children from the Kotgarh bus stand while they were allegedly being trafficked to Aligarh to work in a meat packing industry," said S K Padhy, Inspector-in charge, Kotgarh.

The police arrested the trafficker who was found to be involved in the case and interrogating him. The role of some more persons suspected to be involved in the racket is being probed. The children were sent to shelter homes for a period of six months.

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