Darjeeling: Alert taxi driver foils alleged trafficking bid, 4 girls rescued

***Admin note: while this story happened in India, how wonderful would it be if an NGO here in the US would work with the taxi industry on a national level and train taxi drivers to recognize the signs of human trafficking. This is a fantastic story!***
Four local girls were rescued from Darjeeling Hills on Saturday just as they were about to be trafficked, thanks to a vigilant taxi driver who alerted authorities in time.
The incident happened at Mirik, a scenic tourist town in Darjeeling surrounded by tea gardens. However, the economically backward condition of people of the tea gardens and surrounding villages makes it highly vulnerable to trafficking.
A number of sex rackets operating from private residences and guest houses were unearthed in SIliguri and other towns of North Bengal recently.
Sailesh Subba, the taxi driver at Krishnanagar taxi stand in Mirik, noticed the four girls talking to a man, who looked like an outsider.
“Recently I had attended an anti-trafficking awareness programme conducted by MARG, an NGO, and police,” Subba told HT.

To read more: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/darjeeling-alert-taxi-driver-foils-alleged-trafficking-bid-4-girls-rescued/story-L5FRjmNb5DlLsujQPfjoGN.html