Taking one’s freedom away is perhaps the biggest crime of all and humans are guilty of this wrongdoing since time immemorial. All of us must have read the books of history on the prevalence of slavery in almost every part of the world. The tragedy of today’s time is that the evil of slavery might have been abolished on paper but the practice still continues in the form of human trafficking.
Human trafficking in the world thrives in many forms such as child labour, forced labour, sexual slavery and even forced marriages. The victims of all these practices are deprived from their basic right and are forced to comply with the wishes of those who wield control over them. As per the United Nation (UN), 2.5 million people are trapped in modern day slavery at any given time in a day. According to the UN, 70 percent of the victim of slavery are women, who are mostly forced into sex trade.
In India, human trafficking is quite widespread, in both rural and urban areas. As per the report published by The Times of India, nearly 2 lakh persons are forced into slavery in India every year. Instances of abduction of young girls and boys for begging, labouring and sex trade is rampant while poor and innocent people are lured into it by projecting false promises. Apart from this, in the rural areas bonded labours work as slaves from one generation to another. According to the data presented this year in the Parliament, 66,865 case of abduction and kidnapping were filed in 2014, while 68000 children went missing in 2013 who could never be traced again. Possibilities are high that most of them became victims of human trafficking. With 3 million sex workers in India, the red light areas in the country where the sex trade takes place is an issue as prostitution is not allowed by law, but, it is still practiced due to social complexities.
The fact of the matter is that human trafficking is taking place around us every day, from child labour to the people begging at the public places which are likely to be the victims of modern day slavery. It is so deeply entrenched in our society that we have chosen to ignore its seriousness. This has also given a boost to the criminal minds who have made the social evil a profit-making business. People are sold like commodities, biddings are held for bodies, human beings are labeled and placed on shelves of market. Human trafficking is less talked about in the media, but it needs people’s immediate attention. In order to spread the awareness about the ill practice, the United Nations (UN) declared 30th July as the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The campaign focuses on spreading awareness about human trafficking, providing rescue and rehabilitation to its victims and pushing the governments across the world to make rules more stringent to curb this kind of practice.
Fiinovation believes that no one should be deprived from their freedom and human trafficking should not have any place in our society. We also like to appeal to the Indian government to take action to curb this practice.
By – Karan Pundir
Media and communication – Fiinovation