Reuters: number of child workers in Mumbai declining
Efforts by police, NGOs and greater vigilance credited with the improvement
MUMBAI, India — A crackdown in train stations where children are trafficked and efforts by police, non-governmental organizations and government has led to a decrease in children working in Mumbai’s roadside food stalls, reports Reuters.
According to the report, Pratham, an Indian charity, which found 500 child workers in as many shops in January, warned the shop owners and alerted police.
The numbers have reportedly improved. “In earlier raids, we would find eight to 10 children in each shop, but now the numbers have gone down to one or two," Pravin Patil, a deputy police commissioner in Mumbai, is quoted as saying by Reuters. “This drop is possibly the effect of a major crackdown we did in 2015 when over 1,000 children were rescued and cases registered against their employers."
The Switzerland-based International Labour Organization estimated there were more than 5.7-million child workers in 2015 in India. More than half were purported to work in agriculture. Children also work as weavers and as domestic workers in hotels, shops and restaurants.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada works to lift children out of poverty in India and helps them to know their rights. Last year, 1,143 youth were trained in vocational and life skills.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.