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India’s Train Line Remains Home to Human Traffickers, Passenger Sends Alert

A pair of sharp eyes saved 26 girls from human traffickers last week in India, but what about the thousands of other children without heroes to look out for them?

Children trafficked in India isn’t exactly news, but the common factor in many of their stories is fascinating. Various publications report many children vanished at train stations.

In 2017, The Guardian revealed the astonishing number of children who go missing from train stations in India each year. Often, abductors wait near the stations for children who are at risk. Some are traveling alone, others make their home on the train platforms and car parks nearby.

The numbers are heartbreaking. But everyday heroes give hope that trafficking can one day end, or at least diminish. One such story happened last week on a train.

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Traveling by train through Uttar Pradesh on July 5, Adarsh Shrivastava found himself in a cabin with 26 visibly distressed girls, reported the Good News Network. All were between the ages of 10 and 14. Some were crying.
This modern-day hero created a new Twitter account on the spot and tweeted a post. He tagged the railway minister, the railway itself, and India’s prime minister, to name a few recipients.

Shortly after, he posted a second time, voicing a concern that the girls were being trafficked.

Read more at The Stream. 

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