statesman news service
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: To curb the problem of cross border trafficking and missing children, CINI in collaboration with Plan India will be working on a an anti-trafficking project. The Missing Child Alert project will be launched in ten districts of West Bengal.
The project will be launched in Darjeeling, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Bihar, Malda, North 24 Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Nadia and Murshidabad. It is linked to the South Asian Initiative to end Violence Against Children, (SEIVAC).
The project implementation period is planned to be for 36 months.
“Training of Border Security Force personnel forms part of the project. Many times, language barrier is a problem when a missing or trafficked child is found on the border, so it is also planned to have interpreters as well. MCA will attempt to stop child trafficking at source areas,” said Mr Satyajit Ghosh, project manager of Plan India.
Missing Child Alert (MCA) is a sub-regional programme that aims to technologically equip institutions for a regionally-linked system of alerts that can prevent child trafficking, rescue and repatriate children who are vulnerable to or are victims of cross border trafficking from Bangladesh, Nepal to India.
 “All the stakeholders of the society need to work together to fight the problem of child-trafficking. Particularly, caregivers need to be sensitised,” said Ms Roshni Sen, principal secretary, department of women and child development at a press meet of partners consultation on cross border trafficking.
Ms Sen further added that missing child problem has really reached alarming rate and it is high time to take steps in the field.
In most of the cases missing child does not have any records, and it is important that every child must be registered, she said.
Cross-border trafficking of children is a multidimensional issue linked with migration, forced labour, absolute poverty, livelihood, sexual exploitation, pedophilia, sex tourism and so on. This implies that a multilateral approach and involvement of different experts with coordinated efforts is required to address the issue holistically.
The project locations of Missing Children Alert in India in the states of West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The project is also being implemented in the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Nepal.

Missing Child Alert (MCA) is a sub-regional programme that aims to technologically equip institutions for a regionally-linked system of alerts that can prevent child trafficking, rescue and repatriate children who are vulnerable to or are victims of cross-border trafficking from Bangladesh and Nepal to India