The UK based daily ‘The Sun’ has published a shocking and very disturbing report about the child survivors of Nepal earthquake being sold in the UK. As per the story published on the front of Monday’s print edition, the desperate children are being sold to wealthy Birtish families for just €5,250 by a gang based in Punjab, India. These children are used as unpaid domestic servants.
The undercover investigation performed by the paper’s team met a slave trader named Makkhan Singh in Jalandhar who recommended them to take a Nepalese to the UK. “We have supplied lads who have gone on the UK. Take a Nepalese to England. They are good people. They are good at doing housework and they’re very good cooks. No one is going to come after you.” Said Makkhan Singh to one of the team members of the Sun.
The paper suggests that boys and girls as young as 10 are being sold by these black market gangs which are preying on the children of Nepalese refugees, as well as destitute Indian families.
The home secretary of the UK, Theresa May, has urged the police to investigate the newspaper’s findings. She said the paper should share its disturbing findings with the agency so that appropriate action can be taken against the vile criminals who profit from this trade. She added, “No child, anywhere in the world, should be taken away from their home and forced to work in slavery.”
We urge the Nepalese government to look into the matter as well. We all love ‘Dharhara’ and we would love to see it rebuilt but it can wait. There are more desperate needs than its reconstruction. Many people are dying in lack of sufficient food and proper shelter and now to make the situations worse, children are being sold as slaves. Are you still going to keep calm and let it happen?
Read the full report by The Sun HERE.
On Cover: Slave trader Makkhan Singh (Courtesy: The Sun)