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Human Trafficking – AN OVERVIEW

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1. Trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others.

2. Sex trafficking is human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, including sexual slavery. A victim is forced, in one of a variety of ways, into a situation of dependency on their trafficker and then used by said trafficker to give sexual services to customers.

3. All the same, it is true that discrimination and violence against women are ingrained in the Indian society. Discrimination starts at birth, where many people think giving birth to a girl child is a curse.

4. Activists have estimated that eight million female fetuses might have been aborted in the past decade. Discrimination continues in childhood, where Indian girls, rural girls especially, are denied their rights to education – although literacy rates are increasing, the female literacy rate still lags behind (65% compared to 82%).

5. Discrimination is still rampant in adulthood, contributing to gender wage differentials, with Indian female workers earning on average 64% of what their male counterparts earn for the same occupation and qualification level.

5. Infants are being stolen for beggary and women enrolled in forced prostitution; about 70,000 children are working as a bonded labourer in private mines while others are being used as domestic servants after inheriting their parents’ debt; some of them are even being sold to organ traffickers.

6. Until recent years, the Northeast, while the Jharkhand state and the Anantapur and Prakasam regions of the Andhra Pradesh State are some areas prone to human trafficking problem of human trafficking had remained unnoticed due to the high prevalence of rural poverty. Children from tribal areas are at greater risk of human trafficking, including the Kuki people from Manipur as well as the Naga’s.

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