Thursday, 19 May 2011

New Era of Slavery

In august 2010, the crime branch of Lucknow police claimed to have busted a racket in human trafficking. The gang which was caught by the police lured over 200 poor girls and boys who were sold in West Asian countries .(TOI.COM)

This is not the only racket that has comes into picture there are millions of women and children who are trafficked every decade ,every year,every month around the world for the purpose of forced labor and other formsof exploitationNearly every country is caught in the web of trafficking and inarguably poverty is a crucial factor for the rise in human trafficking in India. Due to which either they are sold by their parents or are tricked into fraudulent marriages.  

Women and children are the main victims and have to go under deceptive means which includes all low skilled work.

The UN has placed India on the second worst category of human trafficking watch list. Further every year 5-7 thousand Nepalese girls are trafficked into India for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation.

Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Mahrashtra, Tamil Nadu and UP are the high supply zones for women in prostitution. While Bangalore is one of the major city in India which accounts for 80% of child prostitution in the country.(
Futher , many NGO’s have been working to eradicate the ongoing immoral trafficking. One such NGO is Project Aasara which was launched on April 21, 2005 by Nalgonda police in Andhra Pradesh.

The Government of India has also launched the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA),1956 which prohibits the commercial sexual exploitation. The prescribed penalties under ITPA include seven years of life imprisonment.

Indian authorities also use section 366(A) and 372 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits kidnapping and selling minors into prostitution.

Despite the ongoing problem of human trafficking India has failed to show evidence of increasing effort to tackle this menace. Though emerging scenario is certainly positive but the government has not been able to touch the root cause of trafficking and even the much developed schemes have not been able to reach the economically weaker section of the society.

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