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Suspected human trafficking victim rescued at Dubai bus stop

In Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on October 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

A woman who claims she was forced into the sex trade in Dubai has told how a man paid Dhs4,000 to have sex with her over a period of three days.

The 20-year-old Pakistani claims she was lured to Dubai with promises of work as a maid. However, she claims she was instead made to be a sex slave.

A 38-year-old Pakistani woman has gone on trial at Dubai Court of First Instance accused of human trafficking, which she denies. Prosecutors said the victim came to the UAE in August. Three days later, she was told she would be working as a prostitute, the court heard. The defendant allegedly threatened to hurt the victim and her family back in Pakistan if she did not comply.

Source: 7 Days in Dubai

Inside the brutal and hopeless world of Mumbai’s trafficked teenage sex slaves

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on October 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Guddi was tricked into prostitution by a neighbour who promised her work in Mumbai to help feed her struggling family. Photograph: Hazel Thompson

It was pitch black as I stumbled through the labyrinth of the dark corridors of a large brothel house in Kamathipura, Mumbai’s notorious red-light district. I’d been told to hide my camera under my scarf, not to speak and not to make eye contact with anyone. With my hand I felt the filthy walls dripping with condensation from the intense heat.

Eventually, guided by my Indian fixer, I came to a dimly lit door at the end of a corridor. Like a prison guard, an ageing madam came to the front of the brothel and unlocked the large padlock with her set of keys. I was taken into the reception area of the brothel, the space where the customers are taken to select a girl. In the ceiling I could see a small, open trap door. When the madam had disappeared, I climbed up a wooden ladder and pushed through the small gap.

Suddenly I was face to face with a “box cage”. I knew what I was looking at. The prostitutes had told me of the caged rooms and boxes they had been held in for months, even years, when they were first taken and trafficked to the red-light district. The madams would keep the girls like slaves in the cages until they were “broken”, to the extent that they would not try to run away. The girls told me they never knew if it was night or day. They were only taken out to eat or to be given to a customer for sex. For years I had wanted to photograph these cages, to prove that these places actually exist.

Source: The Guardian

Capital becomes hub for traffickers

In Child Labor, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Last year on Eid, Hina (13) went missing from Nizamuddin Basti. This Eid too Hina’s parents may not meet their daughter. The police did not manage to trace her and neither was the complaint sent to the anti-human trafficking unit. On Friday, Hina called her parents and said she is in Mumbai. Immediately, a lady snatched the phone and said Hina was on duty and had no time to talk.

Hina’s story is reminiscent of a thousand other such cases in Delhi. People are trafficked not just for sex trade but also for labour and to be employed as live-in maids. Delhi receives people from the northeast states, West Bengal, Nepal, Bangladesh and Jharkhand. Meerut and Mewat, which are close to Delhi are infamous for being “rearing points” for trafficked girls, according to anti-trafficking experts.

A recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( UNODC), titled ‘Current Status of Victim Service Providers and Criminal Justice Actors in India 2013’ documents how Delhi is one of the emerging hubs and transit points for trafficking. The report also highlights how girls are often kept in remote locations in the NCR, especially by people from tribes like Bedia, Nat and Kanjar, who sell them once they attain puberty.

The Day My God Died

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

http://www.pbs.org/itvs/globalvoices/ – An unforgettable look at young girls in Bombay whose lives are shattered by the child sex trade.

Survivors of the Sex Trade of India and Nepal

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on June 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

Every year, thousands of women are sold and trafficked across the border from Nepal to India. They eventually end up in India’s brothels where they face an extremely hard life. This short documentary shares the true stories of three survivors of human trafficking.

India: Equality Now Supports Apne Aap’s Efforts To End Sex Trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 5, 2013 at 9:44 am

He took her far away from her family and village in Bangladesh to Kolkata (also known as Calcutta), India where he promptly sold her to a brothel. Young and alone in a huge city, Ayesha tried in vain to escape; instead she was sexually exploited for years, suffering repeated rapes and beatings by her “owners.” Ayesha gave birth to three children while in captivity. When it became evident that the local pimps wanted to prostitute her oldest daughter, Ayesha knew she had to protect her family. With the help of Apne Aap, a local NGO working to empower girls and women to resist and end sex trafficking, Ayesha was able to get support for her children and eventually exit prostitution. Instead of becoming another victim, her daughter received professional training and now supports her family through her job as a gas station supervisor at the first all-women run petrol pump in Kolkata.

Read Ayesha’s full story as part of Equality Now’s yearlong campaign, Survivor Stories, which showcases survivor leadership in the anti-trafficking movement.

Source: The Nordic Page

More Than 500 Indians Abused by Human Trafficking, Lawyer Says

In Bonded Labor, Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on June 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

In October 2006, Signal allegedly started bringing in more than 500 Indian guest workers this way, employing them as pipe fitters, welders and ship fitters.

The men had to eat in company cafeterias and pay more than $1,000 a month to live in company man camps – trailers with beds stacked inside them, and one or two bathrooms to be shared between 20 to 24 men. The camps were fenced and segregated from other Signal employees, and the men were told that the money for the camps would be taken out of their pay whether they chose to live there or not, Landers said.

If workers complained they were told their H-2B visas would not be renewed by the company. That pretty much tied their hands because Signal was the company that got the H-2B visas. An H-2B visa keeps the worker tethered to the company that procures the visa so finding another visa would be a challenge, to say the least.

Source: Houston Press

Only 3% convicted in Chhattisgarh for human trafficking

In Human Trafficking on May 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Even as the Chhattisgarh Police joins hands with the UNICEF to open dedicated anti-human trafficking cells in eight notorious districts of the state, it has a poor record of sending the perpetrators of such crimes to jails, as it’s conviction rate remains less than an abysmally low of three percent.

Sheer figures, if one goes by the conviction rate, suggest that of the 215 people arrested in human trafficking cases in the past five years, only 5 persons went to jail for their crimes while the others managed to go scot free, without any punishment whatsoever. Though officials attribute the reasons for the high acquittals to the loop holes in the law and various other factors, there is no denying that such low convictions can hardly act as a deterrent to those who make a kill by trafficking humans.

Admitting that the conviction rate was low, between two to three percent, PN Tewari, OSD CID said this was not unusual and the nationwide trend was similar. “Since in majority of cases relatives and known people are involved in human trafficking, victims become hostile at later stages, making convictions difficult”, he said.

Source: Times of India

Child helpline members educate public about child rights through street play

In Child Labor, Child Marriage, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Forced Labor, Forced marriage, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on May 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Children Helpline members on Friday educated Mysoreans about children rights and issues haunting them through street play as part of International Child Helpline Day celebrated on May 17.

They told the public that child marriage, employing child for work and child trafficking all attracts penal action. Children, especially street children and orphans, are at risk and they need your (Public) help.

Through plays, the helpline members conveyed the message that children, who are the future of India, require public support to stop crime against young citizens. Public may call the helpline number (1098/2453022) to save such children from danger.

Nine Kerala cops suspended in human trafficking case

In Human Trafficking on May 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

The investigation revealed that the officials had helped Lissy, who is known as Leena Basheer and Aswathi abroad, in trafficking poor women with the offer of jobs. Lissy had allegedly trafficked about 125 women from Kerala and neighbouring states in this manner.

The Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (VACB) has also gone into the wealth of the main accused in the case and has recommended a detailed investigation against 19 officials, who included SPs, DySPs and circle inspectors. The VACB has found major irregularities in the financial assets of most of these officials. It found that these officers had made money unaccountable for by investing it in real estate in other people’s names.

The human trafficking incident incident first came to light after Somarajan, Assistant Commandant with the Immigration Wing of Nedumbasserry airport, conducted an inquiry and filed a report against Ajeeb, civil police officer for having links with travel agents.

Source: Khaleej Times

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