Guwahati: Seven minor girls and several young men, suspected to have been victims of attempted human trafficking, were rescued from Tamulpur near Indo-Bhutan border in Baksa district of Assam on Tuesday.
Reportedly, the victims were being taken away in a double-decker bus in lieu of giving jobs in a fish-packaging factory in Gujarat. The bus from Gujarat was en-route to Guwahati from Baksa when it was intervened by Kumurikata police.
Police arrested five accused in connection with the case, along with the bus driver and the agent.
It is known that, police received a secret input regarding the suspected trafficking, following which Kumurikata police lauched an operation and successfully rescued the victims.
According to reports, the victims were being taken away without the knowledge of their parents. The double-decker bus came directly from Gujarat to take away the victims after offering them jobs at a factory there.
Police filed an FIR against the accused and registered a case against them. However, police refused to reveal the identity of the accused in the case.
Meanwhile, the recsued minor girls were taken to the district child protection unit in Baksa with the help of an NGO named World Vision India.
Further investigation in the case is being carried in Tamulpur police station.
Study reveals that poverty is the main cause of trafficking people in Assam. Almost one third of the total population is under below poverty line.
In a survey conducted for research, it has been seen that only 7% population earn above five thousand. These people are lured by traffickers by promising them a better future.