Victims Of Bonded Labour, Child Labour, Sex Trade Come Together To Demand Stricter Laws On Human Trafficking

Date: November 20, 2019

Location: India

No matter how ‘modern’ we may have become, the society is still ailing with the sickness called human trafficking. The worst victims of this evil happen to be children. 

National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data form indicates that there were 2,854 reported cases of human trafficking across India were a total of 5,898 individuals, including minors and women, were trafficked. 5,789 victims of human trafficking were rescued from various parts of the country in the same time period. 

Out of these 1,657 people were trafficked for forced labour, 1,275 for sexual exploitation for prostitution, 113 for domestic service and 240 of them were trafficked for forced marriage.

While there is an increase in the number of rescued human trafficking victims, they say that getting their freedom back only served one of their several problems.

Indian Leadership Forum Against Trafficking, a forum of NGOs and human trafficking victims, has now come together to fight for their rights and to prevent more people from facing what they had to go through.

 

ILFAT has over 2000 members and representation in 8 Indian states and is advocating for raising awareness, improve access to justice, bring an end to human trafficking, and be considered stakeholders in the decision-making process. 

Ram, (name change) a resident of Jharkhand was a bonded labor along with his family. According to Athmaram, the family had taken around Rs 8000 from a local landlord, which they had to repay by working in his field.

INDIAN LEADERSHIP FORUM AGAINST TRAFFICKING

Ram said that his father died in January 2017 due to exhaustion from working in the field for nearly 4-5 months. He said that despite them filing a complaint no action has been taken against the accused.

Priya (name change) who was trafficked for sex trade was rescued from a brothel in Kolkata in 2013 during a police raid. She said even after all these years, she is left traumatised due to the abuse and torture that she had to endure at a young age.

“Trafficking victims get rescued, but they are left alone after that. We don’t get any support, from the police or government after that. I was shifted to a shelter home, but even there I did not get any help for my condition. I had gone into a state of mental trauma. Later I got some phylactic help, but that came very late. Now with the medication and counselings, I am trying to move forward in life,” she said.

She got training in tailoring during her stay in the rescue home today works as a tailor in Kolkata. She said it is important for trafficking victims to get both emotional and legal support. 

Read the India Times (Source) Article here.

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