Pakistan Struggles to Find Missing Children

Pakistan Struggles to Find Missing Children


— Thousands of children are abducted in Pakistan each year — kidnapped for ransom, sole into passionate trafficking or vagrant gangs, and some are killed. Pakistan is struggling to cope and fight this epidemic.

Ghulaman Mai’s son is missing.

“I have prayed and begged that we get my child back, my son, Shaukat, we wish him back. Allah, his name is Shaukat, he is a tiny child, innocent,” she said.

Shaukat is only one of a 2,700 children famous to have left blank in Karachi in a past year.

Muhammad Ali runs a Roshni blank children helpline in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city.

“One of a reasons is abduction for ransom, and second is abduction for passionate assault. Third is a purpose of abduction for beggary, a kidnappers are from a beggars groups in Karachi, and a fourth one is for trafficking,” he said.

Big business

Police contend children also are stolen and smuggled to a Middle East to work as prostitutes, drug carriers, slaves or even as camel jockeys.

Karachi Police Superintendent Syed Mazhar Ali Shah pronounced trafficking in children is large business.

“They are really high-profile, gangs are — they are associated with a high-profile bureaucrats, politicians, businessmen in unfamiliar countries and Pakistan also,” he said.

Arman Khan’s five-year-old daughter Madeeha went blank roughly a year ago. He has been acid for her ever since. He thinks he is finally tighten to anticipating her.

“Last week a few culprits were caught, and they certified abduction and offered my daughter to some Afghani. That Afghani has also been arrested, yet so distant he has not pronounced if my child is alive or dead, with him or not, or even in Pakistan,” pronounced Khan.

Making changes

The initial 24 hours that a child is blank are deliberate crucial, yet many relatives are confused as to how to proceed a police.

This is a large challenge. People do not come brazen for reporting, to camp a FIRs [First Information Reports], for removing assistance by a police, due to a fears for a distrust of a child,” pronounced Karachi military superintendent Shah.

Activists contend a problem is a law itself: If a child is reported as missing, military are not thankful to investigate. Only if a child is reported as forcibly abducted can a military take action.

Ministry of Human Rights Director General Muhammad Hassan Mangi certified a nation contingency do a lot more.

“Services have been started, also together with polite multitude organizations, yet this needs some-more comprehensiveness in terms of safeguarding any child requiring protection,” he said.

For Ghulaman Mai and her blank eight-year-old son, that provides small consolation.

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