India’s wealth is growing, and so is the demand for household workers in the expanding middle class, but it’s brought with it an epidemic of child kidnappings.
Evan Williams reports from Delhi on the thousands of children who vanish from the streets every year.
Many are sold as domestic workers or brides, facing abuse and virtual slavery, with no way of contacting their families. Others are held for ransom and sometimes never seen again.
While the authorities show little interest in child trafficking, activists and charity workers take on responsibility for rescuing the victims.
Evan travels with one team of child savers and a missing girl’s parents as they try and find their lost daughter, and he hears the horrifying tale of a 12-year-old left for dead at the bottom of a well.
WATCH - Click to see Evan’s story. Apologies, but this report is only available to view in Australia and New Zealand for copyright reasons.
EXTRA INFORMATION - Read more about the groups tackling the problem of India's kidnapped children, including those featured in Evan's report.
Photo (protest): Getty
On air: 17th April 2012