Childline – 1098 and the Labour Department officials rescued nine children, who were engaged in begging at tourist spots and temples in the city, on Saturday. The children, aged between 8 and 12 years, were found begging at Simhachalam temple and R.K. Beach during the raids conducted by the special teams. The rescued children, who were encouraged by their parents to take to begging, were counselled to give up the practice. Their parents had migrated from Uttar Pradesh and Odisha to the city. Some girls from local slums were also given counselling and warned not to beg again.

Officials of the Labour Department and Childline staff summoned the parents of the four girls of Visakapatnam and promised them better education in government welfare hostels. Childline services, a collaborative initiative of Childline India Foundation and Union Ministry of Women and Child Development is running a 24x7 emergency phone outreach service for children and anyone can contact 1098 in this regard.

Labour department officials also informed that five special teams have been appointed in the city to rescue and provide rehabilitation facilities for children, deprived of education and health facilities.