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Thousands of children 'stolen' every year in India

22 October 2012 Last updated at 21:36 BST

According to child rights organisations, more than 50.000 children disappear in India every year.

Some of them are kidnapped on the streets by criminal gangs and then sold as cheap labour or forced to work for prostitution.

Activists say the authorities are not doing enough to stop child trafficking but officials claim a lack of resources and co-ordination on a national level makes tracing missing children difficult.

Roopa Suchak reports.