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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Human Trafficking is a Blot on Humanity

Gladys Lawson writes in her book Blood Borne Connections, “I know that my future will be better than my past because I believe & will act on my belief.” Human Trafficking in India is not an alarming issue at present, but nobody can deny its embarkation into the Indian lands via Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh & Tibet. Going by definitions, there is a significant difference between migrations and trafficking, the former one being a self-motivated event and the latter being a forced one, but the need of the hour is to realize and act according to the differences as trafficking is going to be a major problem for India due to the fact that it shares open and permeable borders with many neighbors.

 The United Nations Organization (UNO) identifies Human Trafficking in persons as a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. In the contemporary world, almost every country is tackling with this serious problem and is reasonably affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.

In India some NGOs have taken a considerably effective stand at the very outset of it, to name a few, Prajwala, Not For Sale, Apne Aap & Bachpan Bachao Andolan, are the front-runners which are working effectively to eradicate this global social evil. Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by threatening,  use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim for the purpose of exploitation, which includes sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or similar practices and the removal of organs. It could be well acknowledged as a fatal issue as it was recently portrayed in a highly acclaimed Turkish television drama Kurtlar Vadisi woven in the backdrop of the infamous Abu Ghareb Prison Scandal. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.

The sense of respect for humanity is fast disappearing from the evil minds around the world, eyeing the fat profits in the illegal trade through trafficking of humans, these criminals are committing a crime against the entire humanity, which makes it very important for India to put a thorough cap over the shared borders through which trafficking cases have been recorded in order to make this world a better place for humanity to live.                       

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