India; especially West Bengal and followed by Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat are known for Human Trafficking. Apparently, it’s a reproductive justice issue because the victims are not just selected on random; rather they are either already exposed to gender discrimination, oppression or economic injustice.
People of all ages are trafficked through India for commercial sexual exploitation, forced marriage and forced/bonded labor such as domestic workers, servants, and beggars, while others are sold as armed combatants by terrorists and agitators.
The traffickers lure the parents in the name of poverty, education and a better life for their kids or sometimes use force, threats, lies and other psychology intimidation to recruit, transport and exploit their victims to work or prostitute just to attain a profit. In fact, 80% of people who are trafficked in India are female and 50% are children. They suffer from mental issues such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, lack of control and physical issues like TB, HIV and other STDs.
Human Trafficking isn’t a natural occurrence, rather it’s a choice that can be immobilized by taking measures such as raising awareness, strengthening the law enforcement system and observing the borders in order to ensure effectual stoppage to the trafficking.
“You may choose to look away but you can never say again that you did not know.” – William Wilberforce.