India has been termed the “poisonous hub” of sex trafficking in Asia. Dense population coupled with rampant corruption contribute to the lurid business of buying and selling children.
25,000 girls are trafficked over the border from Nepal to India annually.
The problem of human trafficking is well publicized in the big cities of the world and in places like Thailand and Cambodia. But few realize that northern India, with its massive population, poverty, illiteracy and corruption is an unchallenged hot spot for traffickers.
One of the most common ways that trafficking happens in South Asia is deception. Shrewd traffickers come to simple-minded, uneducated parents in the remote villages. The traffickers masquerade as either employers, educators or matchmakers.
1. Fake schools and educational opportunities
Parents long for a better future for their children, and when the trafficker says “I’ll send your child to a good school,” parents fall for it.
2. Organ harvesting
An even more diabolical form of trafficking is organ harvesting. Children as young as six are shipped to far-away places where they are murdered and their organs taken for transplant to unwitting patients who pay high prices for a “donated” organ.
The banner image above shows the rescue of 33 trafficked children. Their parents were tricked into thinking the trafficker was sending them to a good school. The trafficker was in the process of making fake ID cards to send the boys to be murdered for their organs, and the girls to brothels abroad.
Thankfully, WIN's native anti-trafficking activist located the fake “children's home” where the kids were being kept, busted the door down, held a knife to the trafficker's throat and forced him to release the children. Later he was caught by the police and jailed.
WIN's native leader brought these 33 children back to their parents and from that point on, WIN has sponsored their tuition so they can attend a good school.
Some parents knowingly sell their girls into prostitution in hopes of getting out of debt. Other children become slaves because their parents’ debt has been passed on to them.
Another major contributor to child trafficking is “dowry” – a system in which the girl’s family must pay a large sum to the boy’s family at the time of marriage. Traffickers pose as match makers, convincing parents that they will “marry” their girl to a boy for a very low price.
5. Fake employment
Other traffickers pose as job placement officers, promising parents that their son or daughter will be given a good job in the city as a domestic worker.
In any of the above cases, as soon as the child is handed over, he or she is subjected to hideous tortures until the child helplessly submits to a sub-human existence as a sex slave or a laborer.
WIN's native leaders produced this movie which is now used extensively in the villages to teach parents how to keep their kids safe. It is in the local language of Hindi but has subtitles so you can enjoy it too!
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In the past four years WIN’s anti-trafficking task force in India and Nepal rescued 43 girls and boys out of brothels and organ trafficking rings. The former victims now enjoy normal, healthy and happy lives.
TellAsia’s awareness initiatives are systematically cutting off child trafficking.
In one region of South Asia, our anti-trafficking activist infiltrates brothels and mobilizes the police to conduct raids. She also searches out abuse cases and demands justice for the victims.
In another region, WIN has a team of performing artists. They travel village to village drawing large crowds who learn, through live dramatic presentations, how to keep their children safe from traffickers. These visual awareness campaigns also address other common social evils such as child slavery, child marriage and domestic abuse. We train an average of 12,000 villagers each month, 800 villages a year.
Neha and her friend Pooja were both seven years old. They lived in a remote village of north India. Neha’s papa labored long hours in the field but because he owned no land and was heavily in debt due to illness, his meager income was insufficient to support his family. Pooja’s papa had died and her mother was illiterate, ailing and without an income. Both girls often went hungry. WIN came to know of Neha’s situation and we rescued her into Blue Haven Children’s Home. But Pooja was not so fortunate…Read the full story
WIN has the infrastructure and community rapport that, given the right financial partners, would enable us to reduce rural trafficking of minor girls in north India and Nepal by 90% in the next 5-10 years. Based upon our extensive network of 30,000 social workers and partners, we are well positioned with a presence in nearly every county and village. We now seek a financial partner to enable this vision.