Stolen People, Stolen Dreams – By Mehak

Was going through the report of a national daily and saw the news of how a woman residing in Kolkata got trafficked in New Delhi- national capital territory and was rescued by a customer only, the episode aired on TV in crime shows such as “Crime Patrol” and “Savdhaan India”. The case was such that the woman had worked in a company where a colleague suggested her to earn more and shared the contact of this trafficker the girl was kidnapped and found in GB Road of New Delhi where a customer listened her and contacted her brother and with the help of the man who was a customer there and crime branch the family was able to get back the daughter. The man is praise worthy, no doubt the girl while returning said that there are more girls who are in need of help because they have seen more worst treatment and get torment on daily basis. By going through the above report I felt that humanity is not dead till now, we have taught animals to behave but while making them learn we forget humanity.

Trafficking is the buying and selling of human beings for sexual purposes such as prostitution. Like other social problems, such as poverty and hunger, organisations have been established to prevent and address the trafficking of women and children in the sex work industry. Sex trafficking is critically important to address because it is closely linked with slavery; a practice which should be eradicated as it denies victims basic human rights which everyone is entitled to. Despite several implications such as corruption and mistrust cross-sectoral collaboration is a successful strategy to combat this problem because if united the individual organisations weaknesses can be improved on; Cross-sectoral collaboration therefore will bring out the best in all organisations. Sex trafficking is a very complex, lucrative and culturally ingrained social issue. Victims of human trafficking are frequently lured by false promises of a lucrative job, stability, education, or a loving relationship. Victims can be men or women, adults or children, foreign nationals. 

As defined under U.S. law, victims of human trafficking can be divided into three populations:

  • Children under age 18 induced into commercial sex.
  • Adults aged 18 or over induced into commercial sex through force, fraud, or coercion.
  • Children and adults induced to perform labor or services through force, fraud, or coercion.

While human trafficking spans all demographics, there are some circumstances or vulnerabilities that lead to a higher susceptibility to victimization and human trafficking. Runaway and homeless youth, as well as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, war or conflict, or social discrimination are frequently targeted by traffickers. Foreign nationals who have paid significant recruitment and travel fees often become highly indebted to traffickers or other intermediaries. Traffickers control and manipulate these individuals by leveraging the non-portability of many work visas as well as the victims’ lack of familiarity with surroundings, laws and rights, language fluency, and cultural understanding. Victims face many challenges in accessing help. Their traffickers may confiscate their identification documents and money. They may not speak English. They may not know where they are, because they have been moved frequently. They are often not allowed to communicate with family or friends. And they may have trouble trusting others, due to their traffickers’ manipulation and control tactics. There is always a confusion going on between the terms “human trafficking” and “prostitution” in the social services community as a result of presumption of female victimhood. In reality, it’s sometimes very hard to distinguish between human trafficking and prostitution, some women don’t realize that they are victim and willingly work in sex industry, some have to enter this out of financial destitution and have to work in this industry out of survival. The negative affects which are suffered by the victims of human trafficking are damn painful and with respect to physical, mentally and emotionally. Since these sex workers are indulged in unprotected sex and have sexually transmitted disorders such as AIDS and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and is life threatning disorder and the chain of death follows. The average life expectancy of human being trafficked is only seven years. In medieval India there was emergence of “Devadasi” pratha where a woman has to marry god where she is not allowed to have family, reside in temple performing ritual duties and when asked for sexual favours can’t deny that offer. Every minute someone is missing, every minute someone is abducted and these someone’s are man and if these someone are indulge in human resource the world be a better place to live in. many people say that prostitution is fair because it can reduce the status of rapes but my question is rapes are being thee also it’s just there you pay and in rape there is no consent and nothing else. Someone’s dignity gets crush every second. Many NGOs are also indulged in trafficking for their funding but we just don’t realise this serious issue because we are happy , our dearest ones are safe till now so what to worry about but we never know know what life may offer us next. As a responsible citizen it’s our duty to make this world a happier and safer place for everyone. We can put an end to this by working together and implementing practical solutions in a professional manner. As said by Helen Keller- “Alone we can do so little together we can do so much” if this thought will get firmly believed by everyone not only as an individual but as a community we will develop. 

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