Friday, October 12, 2007

UN: Global Initiative Required to Fight Sex Trafficking

UNITED NATIONS -- India is emerging as a leading human trafficking destination in South Asia with children and young women being lured with promises of a good job, a good married life or stardom in entertainment industry but are forced into sex work, forced labour or organ trading, a United Nations report has revealed today.

“Human trading has become the third most profitable illicit industry with an estimated turnover of more than $ 32 billion annually with as many as 1,50,000 people trafficked within South Asia as part of an organised crime,” representative of UN office of drugs and crime, Mr Gary Lewis said here yesterday while releasing the report.

In India, people are trafficked from Bangladesh and Nepal with the purpose of flesh trade and slavery “ to be used as products and are then thrown away,” he said. The more devastating fact is that age of girls being trafficked is going down at an increased rate. “Children below the age of 10 years are found in the flesh trade resulting in a distorted childhood and open to an increased risk of HIV/AIDS”.

The UN official pointed out that 90 per cent of the trafficking takes place inside the country with people from states of West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and north-eastern region being taken to Delhi and Mumbai where they are subjected to various forms of exploitation.


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