A couple of days ago, Ankit was thronged by a group of child beggars near Phoenix mall in Pune. Had it been someone else, they might have dismissed the kids with a few ten-rupee notes or simply ignored them. But Ankit stumbled upon a little boy among them, still uneasy with the practice of approaching people for money. Immediately, he managed to click a photo of the boy and shared it on the public Facebook group – No More Missing. The photo has been circulating on social media for the past few days and active searches are on for the boy’s family.
‘No More Missing’, a citizen-driven pan-India initiative to prevent child trafficking has managed to rescue and reunite hundreds of missing children with their families. Their basic mandate is to stop giving money to child beggars anywhere but to circulate their photo instead.
The Horrifying Menace Of Child Trafficking
The movement was launched in September 2015 by Dr Vandna Guliya, a social activist from Delhi. She was deeply troubled by frequent reports of little children being trafficked into begging rackets which are active in urban pockets. As a mother, she was inevitably worried about the safety of her own children and genuinely concerned about the rising menace of child trafficking.
“Most of the child beggars we find on the streets might have been abducted and sold into this abysmal profession. Some of them have been trafficked hundreds of miles away from their homes. Finding a missing child in India is like searching for a needle in a haystack,” Vandna explains the problem to Efforts For Good.
No one has ever become poor by giving
– Anne Frank
How No More Missing Works
This is where the power of social media comes in handy. It takes just a few moments to upload the photo of a child beggar along with the location. The photo is circulated widely on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter or Instagram in dedicated No More Missing groups or among the public until the child is reunited with the family.
Photos of missing children are also uploaded and shared along with a detailed description. Harnessing the splendid outreach of social media is way faster than solely depending on police authorities or Missing Persons Bureau to initiate action.