Let’s save Trafficked Kids: urge Debasmita Chattopadhyay, Commissioner/RPF/Bangalore

Over 1,100 children rescued in the Operation Nanhe Faristeh launched by RPF Bangalore till date! Also, Women & Child Development Ministry launches ‘Childline 1098’ contest.
RPF security commissioner Debasmita Chattopadhyay addressing media on World day against trafficking awareness drive at KSR railway station in Bengaluru on Monday

BENGALURU: The Railway Protection Force (RPF), Bengaluru in collaboration with the International Justice Mission (IJM) organised an awareness drive on human trafficking on Monday, which is the World Day against Trafficking.

The drive was conducted at the Bangalore City Railway Station and the Yeshwanthpur Railway Station. Often, traffickers use trains to transport victims across states for bonded labour and the RPF has conducted several rescue operations to free victims.

The campaign highlighted the plight of trafficking victims and created awareness among commuters. Ms Debasmita Chattopadhyaya, Security Commissioner, RPF, South Western Railway, said, “Railway Protection Force of South Western Railways have launched a dedicated child rescue teams under Operation Nanhe Faristeh and rescued 1,100 children in the last 350 days. Let us each do our bit and when anyone sees any scared, dizzy or uncomfortable children along with suspicious adults, immediately inform RPF on 182 and help us fight Human trafficking.”

Prathima M., Associate Director, IJM, said, “Trafficking and bonded labour are insidious crimes which take place silently around us. World Day against Trafficking in Persons is a good reminder that there are still millions of people whose liberty, dignity and essential humanity have been stolen from them. Victims of trafficking are confined to factories as bonded labourers or exploited in brothels in and around the city.”

WCD Ministry launches ‘Childline1098’ contest

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched a contest, ‘#Childline1098’ to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, 2018.

The contest invites people to share images of the Childline 1098 logo that they spot at unique locations and send it with a tagline.


According to the WCD Ministry, the online contest is a means to connect with the citizens and engage them in spreading information about the initiative towards curbing trafficking.


It is India’s first 24-hour, free, emergency phone service for children in need of aid and assistance.

The helpline is at present operational at 450 locations.


  • As Railways often act as carriers of trafficked children, the Ministry signed an MoU with the Ministry of Railways to rescue and rehabilitate runaway, abandoned, kidnapped and trafficked children through the Railways.
  • The Ministry launched an awareness campaign through posters in railway coaches in November, 2015.
  • Over 2 lakh posters were put up in trains, cautioning passengers about children around them who may need protection.
  • The toll-free number – 1098 is not only for responding to the emergency needs of the children but also to link them to services for their long-term care and rehabilitation.

Other Details

To familiarise children with Childline 1098, the WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi had requested HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar to popularise it through the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) publications and screening of educational films on child sexual abuse in schools.

Based on the request, NCERT has published the information regarding Childline (1098) on the back side of the front cover of all course books from Class 6 to Class 12.

Further, in order to address various aspects of trafficking in terms of its prevention, protection and rehabilitation of victims, the WCD Ministry in consultation with other Ministries had drafted the comprehensive Draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection & Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, which was approved by the Union Cabinet in February, 2018 and it is expected to be approved by the Parliament in the ongoing Monsoon Session.

According to activists, there are about 17 million victims of human trafficking in India and 40.3 million globally.

The full details of the contest are available on the Facebook & Twitter accounts of Ministry WCD (@MinistryWCD). The last date to submit entries on creativecorner.mwcd@gmail.com or on MyGov is  July 30, 2018.