With over 14.2 million in India being involved in forced labour and being victims of trafficking - for sexual exploitation and forced marriage, the country is home to the largest number of people trapped in modern slavery.The Times Of India, India is now the world’s slave capital: Global Slavery Index 2014, Nov 17, 2014
What is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of income for organised crime (The UN Office on Drugs and Crime). Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Human trafficking exists in India, and it particularly affects children and youth. More and more children and youth are being trafficked into various forms of exploitation such as labour, sex trafficking and beggary etc.
Some astounding human trafficking statistics in India:
- Over 18 million (estimated) people in India live in modern slavery. (Global Slavery Index, 2016)
- Every 8 minutes, a child goes missing in India (National Crime Records Bureau)
- Between 2013-2015, 198015 children went missing in India, of which 140769 (71%) have not been traced. (Ministry of Home Affairs)
- Every day, about 200 girls and women in India enter prostitution - 80% of them against their will. (CEDPA and PRIDE, 1997).
What can you do?
Raising awareness not only brings this multi-billion dollar industry into the light but it removes the misconceptions associated with it. Educate oneself and others about what human trafficking is and be aware about its various dimensions. Use your learning and awareness to generate and spread further awareness.
Organise TFPI to come and conduct awareness sessions at your work, school or place of interest.
Campaign against human trafficking, including the vulnerable factors that cause it. Join the existing efforts to rescue victims of human trafficking. Volunteer to work with the beneficiaries of our youth empowerment program.
We organise a number of events during the year and information nights. Express your interest to become a Freedom Friend & join the fight to end slavery.
Your valuable generosity and kindness will help support the work of TFP India to bring freedom, hope and a future to the trafficked and enslaved.