Gujarat Police Rescues 138 Children After Busting Trafficking Racket In A Joint Operation With Rajasthan PoliceA child picks up garbage from a heap (Photo by Shams Qari/Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Working in a joint operation with the Rajasthan Police and an NGO, the Gujarat Police on Sunday (29 December) brought down a child trafficking racket and secured 138 children in Surat city, reports Asian News International (ANI).

The operation was launched after the Gujarat Police received information about the racket from the Rajasthan Police which itself had acted on the basis of a report prepared by Bachpan Bachao Andolan and Women Ansara Vikas Trust.

Of the total 138 children, 128 belong to Rajasthan State, while the rest hail from States like Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar and Jharkhand and were being subjected to work as labourers. They will now be produced before the Child Development Officer and thereafter sent back to their relatives after due counselling.

The success of the operation has been lauded by Rajesh Patel of the Sabhiya Gujarat Rajya bar Adhikaar Savrakshan Aayog who said, "Today's incident is a proof that if police, society and other organisations come together, various evil practices can be wiped out."

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