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    » 07/15/2010, 00.00


    India, world hub in human trafficking

    Santosh Digal

    Each year, about 1.2 children are victims of human trafficking and prostitution. More than 100 million people are forced to work in slave-like conditions. Sex tourism continues to be highly profitable. A fair-skinned eight-year-old girl can fetch US$ 2,500 a night. Underage female prostitution is a billion-dollar industry, up 30 per cent over previous years.
    New Delhi (AsiaNews) – India is the world’s hub in prostitution-related human trafficking and forced labour, this according to a recent report released by the US Department of State. More than 1.2 million children in India are caught up in human trafficking as child prostitutes. Worse still, as many as 100 million people in India—soon to be the world’s most populous country—are involved in trafficking-related activities. Authorities believe 90 per cent of human trafficking in India is "intra-country, centred in the poorest states like Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. 

    “Human trafficking and gender discrimination in India are becoming rampant. They need to be checked. Trafficking includes men, women and children who are forced into commercial sex work and sexual exploitation, forced and exploitative labour, marriage and forced marriage, adoption, organ transplantation, begging and mafia-controlled begging and drug peddling,” said Madhu Chandra, a New Delhi-based Christian social activist, research scholar and regional secretary for the All India Christian Council (AICC).

    Women and children from lower castes and Dalits are the most affected, and are victims of violence and discrimination in their own villages.

    Sex tourism involving underage girls remains a highly profitable business, a billion-a-year industry in 2009, with a 30 percent increase from previous years. Mumbai is the leading market.

    A fair-skinned minor—as young as eight—can fetch about US$ 2,500 a night, whilst a dusky-skinned child is sold for about US$ 2,000 per night.

    Victims are denied food and water if they do not perform with the clients, and beatings are a regular part of a child prostitute’s life.

    The situation reveals how fragile India is as a nation. “Civil society and the authorities have to find appropriate ways to respond to the issue,” said Fr Gregory Monterio, a social worker for the Calcutta Archdiocese.

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    08/01/2013 INDIA
    India's children lost in the black hole of prostitution and human trafficking
    With at least 11,228 children reported missing in 2011, West Bengal is the state with the worst record in the country. Because of widespread poverty, rural families often sell their children hoping they would have a better future. However, children usually disappear for good. An underage prostitute can earn up to 80,000 rupees (US$ 1,500) a month.

    16/07/2008 PAKISTAN
    Kidnapped Christian girls, judge ratifies marriage and conversion
    The district of Muzaffargarh rules in favour of the Muslims, rejecting the request from the family that wants to bring home the two sisters - 13 and 10 years old - kidnapped last June 26. Christian associations charge that they could end up as prostitutes.

    04/06/2014 BANGLADESH
    Poverty and illiteracy are the leading causes of child trafficking in Bangladesh
    National and international NGOs describe the situation of human trafficking at a workshop. In most cases, the victims end up in prostitution, or are used in organ trafficking.

    19/05/2012 LAOS - VIETNAM
    Hundreds of Laotian women "sold" in China, victims of human trafficking
    The majority come from the northern provinces, near the border, and belong to the Khmu ethnic minority. Local officials stress that government attempts to counter the phenomenon are "largely useless". US department: Laos a "source" for unscrupulous traffickers.

    03/10/2013 TAIWAN
    Taipei ranks first in the international fight against human trafficking
    The island has held the record for four years. Each year it involves 2.5 million people and a turnover of 32 billion dollars. A seminar with representatives from 20 countries to study new strategies.

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