If not you, who? If not now, when?

“Bodily slavery is a crime against humanity. Humanity is itself at stake here”.

–Arvind Singh Dhaliwal

Sex and labor trafficking of women is a complicated and impenetrable phenomenon with many exhilarating forces in this desperate economic society which demands women employment more severely than men. This urge of employment turns out as a beguile for women when they seek assistance to obtain such employment. The vulnerable circumstances in the lives of such women turns into a remunerative occasion for the traffickers who prey on these kind of fortuity so that they may lure these women into crime networks through deceit and false promises of decent working conditions and fair pay. The main Crime Network which these women and girls are kidnapped, sold, and coerced globally is for the purposes of sexual or commercial exploitation so that to stow  them into the evil business of ‘prostitution’ which is most common fuel for trafficking of women today. Besides this women sold into prostitution are often hindered, suppressed and forbidden from using contraceptives such as condoms, and thus making it high-risk for the spread of diseases. Since these women are usually tightly controlled, they also have limited access to any type of health care, and are thus far more likely to suffer from illnesses and malady of all kinds.

 Many Women answers job advertisements for positions such as models, actresses, waitresses, and nannies, only to find themselves held against their will and forced into prostitution and sexual slavery. As a result 79% of worldwide trafficking is for sexual exploitation, with an estimated 1.2 million lives involving women and children being bought and sold into sexual slavery every year. 

 The United Nation General Assembly reiterates its strong condemnation of trafficking in persons, especially women and children, which constitutes a serious crime and a grave offence to human dignity and physical integrity. Also it urges Member States, and other international, regional and sub regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the media, to fully and effectively implement the relevant provisions of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons.

 In India the Ministry of Women and Child Development states that more than 19,000 women and children were trafficked in 2016 against 15,448 in 2015 which shows a rise of nearly 25 per cent in the year 2016 as compared to 2015. And in the year 2017 and 2018 the condition has exacerbated as this organized crime hase been flourishing and thriving steadily

.In India the main reason for why women and children are involved in prostitution is because of poverty, unemployment, lack of proper reintegration services, lack of options, stigma and adverse social attitudes, family expectations and pressure.

 The two principal Indian laws that address trafficking and prostitution in particular are The Suppression of Immoral Traffic in Women and Girls Act of 1956 (SITA) and The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act of 1986, colloquially called PITA. But what to say none of these laws prohibit the prostitution and ironically they forbid the commercialized vice and soliciting which is cited as so close to interdict and forbid the prostitution.

 It’s a precarious existence as the avaricious needs of families in remote areas is dragooning them to trade their minor daughters and even wives for certain amount of monetary benefit that panoramically last to fulfill their household requirements for a week or less.

 The Indian society and media have put their linch pin on the entertainment sources that “Interests the public” and overlooks what actually is in the “Public Interest” i.e. Human Trafficking.

 So at last we the aware and responsible citizens of this great nation can ask ourselves that what better way is there to fulfill our fidelity and obligation of humanity to eradicate and root out this dreadful and Inhuman practice of women and child trafficking?  

-Arvind Singh Dhaliwal

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