Today we will be focusing on news published in the Independent about child sex trafficking in India. Girls in Indian brothels are raped, beaten, and starved as a process of “breaking in” which leaves them unable to refuse to serve.
According to the International Justice Mission, “55% of the survivors were beaten with objects and some were forced to witness murder of other minors”. West Bengal, India, accounted for 44% of human trafficking cases in 2016. This shows just how huge the sex trafficking market is in India and is one that must be tackled by both world leaders and the Indian Government.
The testimonies of the young girls are extremely difficult to read; the thought of a child being put through such torture should be enough to make any ones blood boil. This should not be happening in this day and age, yet there does not seem to be any reports of the Indian Government dealing with this issue or any other world leaders bringing up this issue and applying pressure on the Government to deal with this problem.
The 2014 International Labour Organization reported that globally $99 billion are made from sex trafficking. At least 20.9million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labour and bonded labour. In addition to this, 2 million children are exploited every year by this industry and woman and girls make up 96% of victims of sex trafficking.
Many people in India in these areas come from poor backgrounds and struggle to live. These traffickers take advantage of their situation and exploit them to gain money for themselves. They destroy the confidence and livelihood of many young women and girls for monetary gains. These traffickers are inhumane and deserve to go to jail. Perpetrators of crimes such as this should not be allowed to get away with it, nor should the Indian Government allow them to get away with it.
Each and every day, more and more children and women are forced into this market based upon blackmail or personal circumstances. The numbers are rising day by day. Whilst we are sitting at our desks at work, or sitting in the comfort of our own homes, or whilst we sleep; people are being trafficked, beaten and raped.
This situation does not get enough coverage in the news and more must be done to deal with this. This is why Break the Chains will be starting a petition to pressure the U.K government into condemning the child sex trafficking in India and urging the Indian Government to take action on this matter. The link to our petition will be at the end of this post. Please click, sign and share with others and force this issue to be debated in Parliament! If we work together and stand together we can and will make a difference!