Karnataka tops South India in number of missing children

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BANGALORE: Faced with increasing number of missing children and abductions in Karnataka, state police plan to scale up their anti-trafficking operations. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Karnataka recorded the highest number of missing children complaints in South India.

“I don’t think every missing child is a victim of human trafficking. But there is a problem. We have formed anti-human trafficking squads across the state and in the city, it’s under the Central Crime Branch. We also have an officer in-charge of anti-human tracking operations in every police station,” said IGP and state nodal officer for human trafficking B Dayananda.

According to National Crime Records Bureau statistics for 2009-12, 10 children go missing every day in Karnataka and two remain untraced. That the number of untraced girls is higher than boys only confirms the trafficking angle, experts say.

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