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The movie “Lion” won enormous popular acclaim in 2016 for its heartrending tale about a 5-year-old Indian boy who loses his family after boarding the wrong train.

The movie has helped shed light on the huge problem of missing and abducted children in India. By one estimate, 180 children go missing in India each day. Most aren’t as lucky as Saroo, the protagonist in “Lion,” who is adopted by an Australian couple. That’s because in many cases they’re victims of human trafficking, and end up being sexually exploited or forced to work in factories or as household servants.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the growing problem of child abduction and trafficking in India.

Joining the program:

  • Bijoyeta Das, a New York-based freelance journalist and photographer who has worked for outlets including al-Jazeera and Deutsche Welle.
  • Shaikh Azizur Rahman, a Kolkata-based freelance journalist whose work has appeared on the Voice of American and the Guardian.
  • Puja Marwaha, the Mumbai-based chief executive officer of the advocacy group Child Rights and You.
  • Diya Nag, a New Delhi-based senior program officer for India for The Asia Foundation.
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