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India Prepares to Stand Against Rising Human Trafficking

World  (tags: humanrights, freedoms, children, Human Rights )

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The latest government data shows reports of human trafficking in India increased by 25 per cent in 2015 compared with the previous year.


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Rose B (141)
Tuesday September 20, 2016, 9:44 pm
The latest government data shows reports of human trafficking in India increased by 25 per cent in 2015 compared with the previous year.

The state of West Bengal is often called the hub of trafficking, where girls as young as 7 years old are sold to brothels.

Across West Bengal's capital city Kolkata, an image of a young girl is being spray-painted on hundreds of walls.

It is a simple black silhouette that tells a complex story -- a story about girls who have disappeared, sold for sex.

Under the image, written in English, are the words "missing girls."

Local artist Leena Kejriwal is the woman behind the public art project.

"The average age of a girl who goes into trafficking is dropping. It's gone from 15 to 13 to 11 to 9 -- and, now, even 7 -- because ... it's like it seems okay to go and buy sex with a young one."

Almost 7,000 cases of human trafficking were reported across India last year, but the real figure is probably much higher.

And it is likely the tale of a young woman who sometimes calls herself Ria Singh is one that is not in the government records.

Ria Singh comes from a poor village in West Bengal.

Her family often did not have enough to eat, and when she was 15, a family friend -- a man she called Uncle -- told her he could get her a job as a domestic helper.

He lied.

MmAway M (519)
Tuesday September 20, 2016, 10:04 pm
Rose ~ I wanted to make sure I did not copy a "bit" of your news since I was signing off.

What a disturbing and tearful story.
Think I got a little news after what you posted....GUYS PLEASE LOOK at this news

Ms Sengupta says the girls have often lost their identities.

"They are drugged, they're beaten, they're raped repeatedly, and they are transferred from one place to another.

By exposing trafficking, the aim is to give vulnerable girls the chance of a childhood -- a life of textbooks and schoolyard crushes, rather than pimps and despair"

OK Rose want to know where any petitions are on Care2, Change.Org, Force...etc Or is anyone going to help out with this. I will forward to a few friends since I just saw a older movie and felt ill. No words and how horrific!
More news @ site and you should CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I knew a bit, but not this ......!!!

The fact you fight for this Rose ~ Makes me so PROUD of you, but sadly, so few get it...My heart hurts!

Darren W (218)
Tuesday September 20, 2016, 11:28 pm
Has anyone created or found a petition associated with this?

Darren W (218)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 12:20 am
Petition created using the image described above, and contained within the article.
Target of the petition: Prime Minister of India.
India Prepares to Stand Against Rising Human Trafficking

Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 1:49 am
Darren - I don't see the text of a petition there - what are you actually petitioning FOR?

and how do you plan to get this petition into the hands of the Prime Minister? Or at least onto mainstream media that will reach him? Because if you can't do that, even with thousands of signatures, the petition may make US feel good ("we've done something!") but it's a false satisfaction.

You could start by contacting the Indian activists mentioned, & see whether they could make use of the signatures to strengthen their action ... And perhaps see what message the petition SHOULD be conveying to the Prime Minister?

Thanks, Rose, for posting.
I wonder how much of the increase is actually due to increased awareness of the problem, leading to more cases being reported.

That would be a good sign - because every single case is too many, but the more that people are aware, the less the topic is "taboo - and the greater the opportunities to educate the potential victims & their communities so they can act to protect their children.

(Every time that a lid is lifted on a taboo topic, there is a significant rise in cases reported - giving the impression of terrible increase in the crime, the numbers of victims - but the "bad news" ... all those victims ... is actually the sign of progress, because these are largely victims who've been invisible in the past. Especially the younger victims - greater taboos against this. And the greater the visibility, the better one can fight against the wrong-doing behind it, advocate for stronger laws, specified articles in criminal & penal codes - and develop protection systems for potential victims.)

See Leena Kejriwal - YES! i am the CHANGEMAKER Awardee 2015

Teresa W (782)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 1:57 am
signed with hope

Animae C (507)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 2:34 am
Thanx for creating the petition Darren

TY Rose

Jonathan H (0)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 3:41 am

Vivien G (153)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 4:03 am
Noted thank you for posting Rose.
Darren, could not find your petition.
Evelyn B you may find the TIP ( trafficking in persons) report interesting as the Indian government is very well aware of it human trafficking/slavery problem and is target each year to reduce it.
Here is the link sorry I cannot make it live
2016 Trafficking in Persons Report Country Narrative: India
INDIA: Tier 2. India is a source, destination, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Forced ...

The TIP report is very useful to see what is happening in different countries each year . If you go to the index on the home page you can find listed by Alphabet the different countries and their results in 2016.

Also, Youtube has many videos on Trafficking in India.
Also Google "petitions against human trafficking" and you will find lots of information on petitions.

and To make a greater contribution in human rights causes, particularly in sex slavery and human trafficking, consider joining this Care2 group: Slavery Today
Slavery Today, a human rights group in Care2 and Facebook


Evelyn B (63)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 10:43 am
Thanks, Vivien
" For the first time, the National Crime Record Bureau’s Crime in India report included data on trafficking investigations, prosecutions, and convictions. The data demonstrated vigorous efforts to combat human trafficking but reflected a relatively low number of law enforcement action for the scale of trafficking in India and a low conviction rate overall. Moreover, the scope of law enforcement action on forced labor and the range of sentences applied to convicted traffickers remained unclear because the data was not comprehensive. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revised its strategy guiding Anti-Human Trafficking Units (AHTUs), to ensure more effective identification and investigation of trafficking cases and coordination with other agencies to refer victims to rehabilitation services."
(Your link, live - US Department of State - India: Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
2016 Trafficking in Persons Report

- This is why at least part of the "increase" is almost certainly greater visibility rather than actual increase in numbers. And as such, is actually a kind of "good news".

Don't misunderstand me - trafficking in persons, be it for sexual purposes, child labour or whatever - is something intolerable in my book. I've been involved in work combatting this in several countries - which is why I'm very aware that increase in statistics can be very discouraging to those fighting such abuses, until they realise that it is actual an early sign of the changes we want. These statistics, based on more visibility, provide a tool for advocacy based on more FACTS, and such advocacy usually then has more impact.

And the best way we can help is to find out how we can best support those in-country who are combatting sex slavery & trafficking in persons ... then give them support in ways that they can best use it.

Henriette M (154)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 11:36 am
Darren, I could not find the petition. I did a search for petitions on trafficking in India & there is no listing of any petition for trafficking in India at the moment! Thanks Rose!

MmAway M (519)
Wednesday September 21, 2016, 7:55 pm
Darren, I am going to stop tracking this.

I can't find the petition that people above are saying they signed.

Please advise and I will be kinda like a hit and miss, busy with ...

Judy C (91)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 1:27 am
I got a "Page Not Found" for Darren's petition. Thanks Rose & Vivien.

Judy C (91)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 1:31 am
Thanks for the links, Evelyn.

Darren W (218)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 1:46 am
Looks like the petition has been removed, but it might be better to have one which is directed towards the correct individuals. Is there a specific petition concerning this, or are there associated petitions which this could be closely linked to?

Danuta W (1251)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 2:52 am

Frances D (92)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 3:26 am
Very very sad and disturbing this whole trafficking issue but the information in the posts by Evelyn B and Vivian Green are very worth reading, and as Evelyn B says...
""......what are you actually petitioning FOR?

and how do you plan to get this petition into the hands of the Prime Minister? Or at least onto mainstream media that will reach him? Because if you can't do that, even with thousands of signatures, the petition may make US feel good ("we've done something!") but it's a false satisfaction. ..... "
I sometimes feel that a lot of the petitions I sign do not get submitted to the target

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 6:39 am
Darren - nobody should remove YOUR petition without at least informing you.
I've seen far worse ones stay up for ages. With a handful of signatures
I thought it was YOU who'd decided to remove it.
I thought the petitions were managed by the poster - unless really offensive (which this wasn't)

Animae C (507)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 7:20 am
The petition was removed?!?!?!

Darren W (218)
Thursday September 22, 2016, 9:09 am
Well, I can categorically state, it wasn't me. . . and it was there for sufficient time for me to create a hyperlink to it, and for a few to sign it. . .

Ben O (135)
Friday September 23, 2016, 6:42 am
I found this petition: "Help Stop Human Trafficking" (international)

Evelyn B (63)
Friday September 23, 2016, 7:31 am
Stop Child Trafficking in India (ForceChange)

Darren W (218)
Friday September 23, 2016, 8:08 am
181 Signatures
Thanks for the hyperlink, Evelyn.
Signed and shared over social media.

Friday September 23, 2016, 9:35 pm
Petition signed/shared
Thank you, Evelyn, Mm & Darren

Darren W (218)
Sunday September 25, 2016, 1:54 am
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