Empowering Victims of Human Trafficking

Creating an international database

Times of India

Jan 7, 2016

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Women stand in the red-light district of Sonagacchi, India, watching a protest for the legalization of prostitution. Image source: Bikas Das/AP

 

In search of a better life, many men and women are drawn towards populous cities of India instead of rural areas. When offered employment in the city, many citizens jump at the opportunity to leave the rural areas in which they have always known. Unfortunately, many men and women find themselves exploited and abused. They fall victim to human trafficking. Stories like this are all too common across India and measures must be put into place to stop such abuses.

According to the US Department of State, it is estimated that 20 to 80 million citizens are victims to human trafficking in India.78% of victims are from the West Bengal, one of the poorest regions of the country. Many of the victims are illiterate and are abducted under the impression that they will be doing fair work in large cities. They are instead exploited and abused.

Currently, the Commission on Crime Prevention and Justice at the United Nations is working hard to bring an end to human trafficking across the globe. The government of India, along with Canada, Spain, and several other states, is proposing the creation of an international database in regards to human trafficking. This database will give the ability to law enforcers to more easily recognize victims of human trafficking as well as potential criminals. Canada has offered its intelligence expertise to assist in available information in this global database.

The Indian delegate strongly believes that the database will help governments to better allocate resources to help prevent human trafficking. The delegate notes that access to education in addition to the database will also play a role in ending the amount of human trafficking.

The international database is not the ultimate solution, but it is a step in the right direction, informs the Indian delegate. With resources allocated effectively and education received to more civilians, there is hope that human trafficking will be reduced. The delegate of France has insisted that “states must come together” in order to effectively combat human trafficking. Through combined efforts from the international community, perhaps India and other countries will find themselves under much less of a threat of human trafficking in future generations.

 

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