A countless number of children go missing every year. The category of missing children includes a number of problems including abduction or kidnapping of children by family members and by non-family members, run-away children or those forced to run away by family and surrounding circumstances, children who are in a difficult or aggressive environment, trafficked children, and lost children.
Children who go missing may be exploited and abused for various purposes from camel jockeys in the Gulf countries to victims of organ trade and even grotesque cannibalism as reported at Nithari village in Noida. There are also a large number of children who run away from homes after dropping out of school or facing difficulties at home. They usually run away to the glamorous big cities where they fall prey to exploiters and are employed in tea stalls, brothels, beggary, etc. Most of the children come from poorer families who do not have access to police services or whose reports are not taken seriously.
Because of this wide array of problems it is hard to survey the number of missing children. Very often, such cases are not even reported to the police as the parents fear shame from the society!
National Women’s Parliament takes this cause very seriously and strives to help distraught parents and helpless children reunite with their families!
Founded in 1988, Apne Aap Women's Collective is an anti-trafficking organization that serves the women and children of Kamathipura, the red light area of Mumbai and also one of the largest and oldest red light areas in Asia. We operate three programs: Umeed for women in brothel-based prostitution (ages 18+), Udaan for daughters members and other girls living in the red light area (ages 5-18), and Umang for toddlers of Umeed members and other children living in the red light area (ages 2.5-5 yrs). By providing our members with the seek to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and to prevent the cycle of intergenerational prostitution among their daughters.