The police and trafficking experts had said that at least 300,000 children in India were forced to beg.
According to the National Human Rights Commission, up to 40,000 children were being abducted in India every year. Among those children at least 11,000 still remain untraced.
“The police don’t think begging is an issue because they assume that the adult with the child is either family or a known person,” said co-author Anita Kanaiya, CEO of The Freedom Project India, which works on trafficking issues. “But for every 50 children rescued there will be at least 10 who are victims of trafficking. And there has to be a constant vigil to identify them,” she told.
Based on the reports received from police and charities in Bengaluru in Karnataka children were burned to get sympathy from the people. The money collected from those children had to be given to traffickers or to buy alcohol and drugs.