A Tweet Saved 26 Girls From Human Trafficking
July 16, 2018
Technological innovation coupled with human kindness can be a miraculous thing.
Twenty-six girls have been rescued from the clutches of human traffickers thanks to a timely tweet from a train passenger.
Adarsh Shrivastava was traveling on a train in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh when he noticed something suspicious — in his cabin was a large group of juvenile girls, many of whom were visibly distressed.
Shrivastava pulled out his phone and tweeted at railway authorities to alert them to the situation.
A few stops later, railway police in plainclothes boarded the train, rescued the 26 girls, and arrested two men, the Hindustan Times reported, citing railway officials.
The girls were later transferred to state child welfare authorities, who are currently working to reconnect them with their rightful guardians.
Shrivastava has been hailed as a hero by many on social media.
However, in response, he has simply said, “Thanks, but as a citizen of India it’s our responsibility to help people.”