This news headline in Reuters really caught my attention. “Children are cheaper than buffaloes in India.” Also in Boston Globe.
Children from the poorer section of the society are bought and sold like commodities. Now their prices have really fallen. The story reported that traffickers are selling children for amounts that are often lower than the cost of animals and most of them end up working as laborers or commercial sex workers.
The children account for 40 to 50 percent of all victims of human trafficking. They are sold to work as domestic laborers, or in the carpet industry, on farms or as commercial sex workers. The organization that is instrumental in drawing International media attention on state of children in India is Bachpana Bachavo Andolan (www.bba.org.in). Amazing feat indeed. Keep it up.
A friend of mine who returned from India last week told me – “you can see children everywhere in India.” Runaway kids living on urban streets, at the mercy of local police and gangsters who turns out to be drug peddlers and sexually exploited. Most never get any schooling and adequate adult care.
I do not know of many Christian ministries focusing on at-risk children in India. What an opportunity this is. Indian church has done a good job at sunday schools and VBSs. But to strategically look at children as a mission field and to reach them with the good news of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Luke 18:16)