Human Trafficking: Putting a Price Tag on Human Dignity
By Team Legistify / 2016-05-17
Human Trafficking, a modern day slavery, is the third largest organized crime after drugs and the arms trade across the globe. In India, this menace is burgeoning rapidly.

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Human trafficking is an egregious human rights violation that occurs throughout the world. Due to its complex cross-border nature, human trafficking requires a coordinated, multi-disciplinary national and international response. In March 2013, India passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act of 2013, which amended Section 370 of the Indian Penal Code and included India's first definition of human trafficking based on the UN Trafficking Protocol.

Human trafficking outside India, although illegal under Indian law, remains a significant problem. People are frequently illegally trafficked through India for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced/bonded labour. As per the estimate, this problem affects 20 to 65 million Indians. Women and girls are trafficked within the country for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced marriage especially in those areas where the sex ratio is highly skewed in favour of men. A significant portion of children are subjected to forced labour as factory workers, domestic servants, beggars, and agriculture workers, and have been used as armed combatants by some terrorist and insurgent groups.

India is also one of the major destinations for women and girls from Nepal, Bangladesh and other countries trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. Nepali children are also trafficked to India for forced labour. Every day more than 54 young girls and women are trafficked out of Nepal and into India to enter a life of slavery. Indian gangs have been found trafficking women from earthquake-hit Nepal.

As per the recent reports, West Bengal is the hub of human trafficking in India. It had the maximum human trafficking cases (669) amongst all states in India, followed by Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.
Poverty is a primary cause of human trafficking in India. Other factors include low employment prospects, a patriarchal culture, low regard for women's rights, low levels of education.

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Human Trafficking, a modern day slavery, is the third largest organized crime after drugs and the arms trade across the globe. In India, this menace is burgeoning rapidly.

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