Human Trafficking in India is the most heinous crime committed not only by criminals indulging in inhuman activities to satisfy their degenerate desires and for fiscal profits but also by illiterate denizens of a depraved society steeped in poverty and illiteracy. Hence they become vulnerable to false promises of good jobs, decent marriages made by unscrupulous racketeers and traffickers without conscience.
After sixty four years of independence our government would like us to believe that sanctity of life and protection of natural and fundamental rights of every citizen are guaranteed by law and the Indian Constitution, regardless of caste, creed and social status. However this illusion is shattered by slave traders and organized gangs who snatch unfortunate children from their families either by coercion or false promises or violent force and condemn them to a fate worse than death.
Several Instances of Human Trafficking in India.
Incidents of bestiality have even been known to take place in dubious shelters for children and at residences where young children are obtained from dubious sources for domestic enslavement and also exploited for carnal satisfaction.
Most shocking and inhuman case is that of baby Falak, which exposed the prostitution and human trafficking network operating in Delhi and connects to other parts of country.Full story on Falak case and Human trafficking racket.
An instance of such immoral and physical carnage was exposed in 2011 when a home for orphans, the infamous Kalyani Mahila and Balak Seva Sanstha at Panvel was discovered to be a charnel house of unspeakable horror where children were subjected to hunger and physical torture by the caretakers and seven young women were raped when they did not comply with the lecherous demands of the supervisor and custodians of the orphanage.
In 2010 Siria Orphanage Home was raided by the police when they received complaints that the founder was misbehaving with the female orphans. During the investigation eleven girls revealed to the police that the founder used to call them to his quarters at night and molest them physically. He also threatened them with severe consequences if they complained to the police or anyone else. The girls were under such severe trauma that they could not even attend their academic classes.
The Anchorage at Mumbai was a respected shelter for orphans till the owner Duncan Grant and his friend Alan Waters were charged with indulging in paedophilia with the boys in their charge. They have been convicted on this charge by the Supreme Court. The manager, William D’Souza, was arrested for forcing Hindu children to indulge in carnal acts with British paedophiles.
Causes of Human Trafficking in India.
The fundamental causes of human trafficking in India are poverty, hunger, illiteracy and the sheer gullibility of innocent human beings who fall prey to the false promises of racketeers.
Other causes of human trafficking in India are the neglect and rejection of girls especially in rural villages of India where social education has not reached. The complacent attitude of our protective authorities, the attitude of apathy by society at large and perverse demands by people who exploit the victims of human traffickers also contribute towards rampant human trafficking in India.
Human trafficking in India is encouraged by the flawed legal framework which allows perpetrators of human trafficking to avoid prosecution and conviction.
Statistics of arrests are extremely low in comparison to the regular incidents of human trafficking. Despite the existence of a well defined legal process to prosecute human traffickers, there is no cohesive definition of human trafficking in the law and this hinders implementation of the laws. In cases where the laws have been implemented, the punishment is not severe enough to prevent recurrence of such crimes against humanity.
Solutions to curbing Human Trafficking in India.
The international Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons (ITEMP) has demonstrated an ideal solution to stopping human trafficking by assigning active workers to areas where individuals could be most prone to the ruses of human traffickers.
Awareness, education and removing poverty: In India the Ministry of Women and Child Development has been the impetus for the growth of several NGO’S like the Indian Council of Child Welfare, the Indian Community Welfare Organization, Child rights and You (CRY) and many others. Their members are constantly striving to promote awareness of human trafficking and endeavor to foster respect and love for girls in prone rural areas.
These NGO’S are hindered by challenges like lack of political commitment, funding, difficulty in having prone areas protected by law enforcement agencies and high levels of corruption and threat by bodies of organized crime.
However NGO’S are now patronized by social luminaries and celebrities who encourage and fund the efforts of these NGO’S.
Strong Laws against Human Trafficking: India’s central government need to have commitment to prevent human trafficking in India by way of improving legislation to enable effective prosecution of offenders and launching new administrative cells like the Integrated Anti – Human Trafficking Units, the Anti – Trafficking Nodal Cell State Programs and the Integrated National Plan of Action. These organizations can coordinate with various NGO’S, thereby enabling effective exposure and destruction of many human trafficking networks.
More steps like inter – state coordination and inter – departmental coordination in the government, complemented by public awareness and outrage, will definitely result in the permanent destruction of human trafficking in India.