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Rise in girls living on Mumbai’s streets raises trafficking concerns, says charity

Kailash Satyarthi has appealed to the prime minister to prioritise children

By: Eastern Eye Staff

Girls make up almost half the street children in Mumbai, a steep increase in recent years, according a local charity which says life on the streets puts girls at a greater risk of trafficking and sexual abuse. Pratham, a Mumbai-based organisation focused on education, surveyed 651 children aged 18 and younger at traffic lights, railway stations and tourist spots and found that 47 percent were girls. More than a third were under five, while about 60 percent were six to 14 years old, the survey found. “We found almost equal numbers of girls and boys, which came as a big…

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