Human Traffic Watch

$40 billion changes hands in human trafficking, says activist

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on November 23, 2012 at 10:38 am

CAMPAIGN: Women carrying out a rally in Mangalore on Monday to create awareness against female infanticide, child marriage, and sexual exploitation of children and women. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

It could happen to anyone from anywhere at anytime. The message was loud, while the picture was grim. Plucked out of their homes — for reasons varying from poverty to the promise of better jobs elsewhere — millions of children and women are trafficked, sold and exploited sexually and economically, said speakers at a programme to raise awareness against trafficking here on Monday.

The magnitude of the problem resonates in the examples narrated by Premanand Kalmadi, an activist working for the Udupi-based human rights organisation Breakthrough, who called the trade a $ 40 billion (Rs. 2,12,000 crore) industry that was comparable to the illicit arms and drugs trade. “The demand for 8 to 10 year-olds is very high here. India itself generates Rs. 12.5 crore a day out of this revenue that comes out of sexually exploiting girls. A rescued 11-year-old girl was asked to ‘serve’ 270 customers a week or 13,000 men a year. Can you imagine the mental state of the girl? Or, the anguish of a four-year-old girl who after being exploited contracts and dies from a sexually transmitted disease,” he told an audience shocked into silence.

Source: The Hindu

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