KOLKATA: Social media is one of the biggest routes for luring schoolchildren into trafficking. This was one of the highlights at the seventh edition of the anti-human trafficking conclave organised by the US Consulate General, Kolkata in association with NGOs Shakti Vahini and Banglanatak Dot Com.
Shakti Bahini spokesperson Rishi Kant spoke about a recent incident of rescuing a girl who got intimate with a stranger over WhatsApp. The girl told TOI about her ordeal of being trafficked. The reason for sharing her details was to warn youngsters not to be so gullible in the digital world. “He messaged me saying my display photo looks beautiful. I got carried away and soon, we started dating. I courted him for two months. Then, one day, he told me that we should elope. I was initially reluctant, but later gave in,” the survivor said. But she ended up in a brothel in Ghaziabad where soliciting around 30 customers by day and two by night was her routine for three months. When she was finally rescued, the girl had cigarette butt marks all over her hands.
Director of Banglanatak Dot Com Ananya Bhattacharya said youngsters need to understand that the kind of precautions they take in the real world should also be taken in the virtual world.
“Parents need to be understanding. If a youngster is trolled, he/she should be immediately able to share the experience with the parents,” Bhattacharya said.
Courtesy: The Times Of India