Human Trafficking, a serious worldwide issue

Ptrikha By Ptrikha, 28th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2qma_zpa/
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Human Trafficking is an issue that afflicts developing and under-developed countries the most. Yet developed world is also not unaffected. A lot more needs to be done to tackle this menace. Read on..

Human Trafficking- How big is it?

A number of Programs on TV show cases of grave injustice on people by others who have more power, or money, out of emotions like anger, lust and above all greed. Some of these have been on human trafficking, which is a problem of a global dimension.

Quoting from Wikipedia:
"Trafficking is a lucrative industry, representing an estimated $32 billion per year in international trade, compared to the estimated annual $650 billion for all illegal international trade circa 2010".

While the text on Wikipedia and other sites do mention a lot about this menace, challenges, measures and international conventions on these, these are what I see as the main forms of trafficking (especially prevalent in India):

  1. Abduction of minors(many even less than 10 years), and using them as bonded, low paid labor, or for begging. Many of these are homeless kids, whose parents are very poor, or are orphans. Some are those who have ran away from their homes and come to bigger cities with no known people in that place. They are kept by small shopowners, mafias and many other folks who use them as cheap labor, or for begging.

  2. Exploitation of women, many of them sexually, often accompanied by physical and mental abuse. There are even tales of many women, especially of lower economic groups who have been "sold" to someone richer(sometimes from other countries) people, to whom they serve no more as mistress, and left to fend for themselves. Their plight is deplorable and only a few escape from the clutches of the oppressors.

Tackling Human Trafficking

While awareness and efforts by the NGOs are on rise, the scale at which these things happen also indicate the overall moral decadence prevalent in our societies.
Also, trafficking is quite prevalent even in more developed and well to do countries.

While I am no expert, certain measures can help in tackling this menace:

  1. Citizens who are concerned about exploitation of human beings as bonded labor, especially children must come forward and tie up with NGOs to increase vigil and report incidents to NGOs or police.
  2. Boycott products made by companies which use bonded labor. Some sites like Walkfree are in the forefront of fighting against human slavery and trafficking.
  3. Help and advice beggars to stop begging and also contact local NGOs and government administrators to help them lead a normal life. Often, this could be difficult as some mafias who make poor people beg also have strong political connections. Yet, combined efforts of citizens and NGOs can make significant inroads.

A video on Human Trafficking in India:

Apart from these steps, political willpower by ruling parties and even opposition both in states and at center is very essential. Only then, can this menace be effectively tackled.


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author avatar yugasini
28th Oct 2014 (#)

now the people are doing what they are not done for money. Nice sharing.

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Indeed, the problem is very serious yugasini. Thanks for sharing your views.

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author avatar M G Singh
28th Oct 2014 (#)

Good you raised this issue

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Madan

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author avatar Retired
28th Oct 2014 (#)

You are absolutely right. In this money-driven world it seems as though there is nothing that some people will not do to acquire more of it.

Have you seen the page I wrote today on what is happening in Mauritania - children being force-fed to make them more attractive as child brides?

It doesn't matter how much money you extort out of other people - you can't take it with you when your time's up!

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks John. It is even more shameful when children are exploited by shameless people, who are worse than devils.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
28th Oct 2014 (#)

this is terrible...thank you for putting this up...will share on Twitter...blessings.

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks cnwriter. Very terrible indeed. I might even expand this article in future when I have more time.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Awesome post and interesting piece as well!

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Fern.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
29th Oct 2014 (#)

Ptrikha, thank you for sharing this article. I think people need to know what is going on in the world. On one hand I have so many words to express how I feel about this and on the other hand I'm speechless. I'm not sure where to begin. The human rights of these people have been taken away. I'm not sure what I want to call them. I know they are evil despicable beings. I'm going to pray about this. I hope Spirited can offer some comforting words.

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author avatar Ptrikha
30th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for reading this Nancy. Perhaps, we can start our bit by sharing information on any bonded labor, or underage children being exploited.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Nov 2014 (#)

I am happy that these despicable acts are seeing the light of the day than swept under the carpet like in earlier times. What has happened cannot be undone, but now we are more aware of these atrocities. Each can do but little, but if each does that little, all will be done. Thanks for this highlight, Ptrikha - siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
6th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing your views Siva.

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