Monday, June 9, 2008

India: Alarm Over Assam Sex Trade

Traffickers take advantage of widespread poverty among women

ASSAM, INDIA - Women leaders in India's north-eastern state of Assam say trafficking from the state has reached "dangerous proportions" over the past decade.

"More and more of our women have been lured into the national flesh trade, taken away by job or marriage offers to all over India," said Sumitra Hazarika Gogoi , a senior member of the Assam State Women Commission.

"We have rescued some recently and they all have very sad tales to say."

Mrs Gogoi told the BBC in an interview that many top politicians and police officials in the state were involved in the women trafficking racket.

"This is a huge scandal waiting to be exposed and we will do it when we have all the evidence," said Mrs Gogoi...


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