Staff Reporter

Nagercoil: The national convener of Campaign Against Child Trafficking, Nambi, has urged the Government to ensure the welfare of 44,000 children, who were reported missing annually. Only 22 per cent of them were being traced, he said.

There were four lakh child prostitutes in India and every year one lakh children were being lured into the profession.

Over 10 crore children were forced into various forms of labour and it was nearly one third of all the children in India.

Young girls were targeted and taken to other districts and engaged in hard manual labour process.

Mr. Nambi said that awareness programmes were planned through out the State, including Kanyakumari district.

Increase in poverty, globalisation, natural disasters and lack of awareness and education were some of the causes for the increase in child trafficking, Mr. Nambi said.