Trafficking has stopped completely. Girls are usually trafficked from Guwahati in Assam and Jharkhand in the north and Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad in the south. Over the last one month, not a single girl has been trafficked. View more at #Hindustan360.
Turning out to be one of the many benefits of Demonetisation move, trafficking of women and girls for sex work a INR 20 trillion industry has come to a grinding halt. Rescue workers on the field say the trade has come to a stop with Rs500 and Rs1,000 currency notes withdrawn since the 8 November demonetisation announcement and new currency notes in short supply.
Trafficking has stopped completely. This is primarily because there is no liquidity left. All transactions used to happen in cash and now employers have no money to pay the middlemen. All the money that changed hands till now is useless,” said Rakesh Senger, a child rights activist with Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an NGO to a media house.
“A 10-12 year old girl costs Rs5 lakh, while girls between the groups of 13 and 15 cost Rs4 lakh. These transactions are all done in cash, in black money. The brothel owners are now caught in a bind because they can’t convert this cash at the banks. Because the new currency is not readily available, clients have stopped going to brothels and the brothel owners have no money to pay the traffickers,” Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi said.
Senior Delhi Police officers said, on condition of anonymity, random checks on trains bound for Delhi from Bengal, Assam, and Bihar, failed to unearth trafficked girls.
“Black money is the backbone of the trafficking industry in India. At the moment that structure has been fractured by demonetisation. It is a matter of time before the new currency is back in the system and the trade picks up. We have approached the PM and informed him of this situation as well,” Satyarthi added.
Myth Of Human Trafficking
- There are an estimated 21 million people forced or coerced into human trafficking worldwide.
- Women and girls are the most impacted group by far.
- The human trafficking industry is valued at $31,600,000,000 per year.
- Globally, almost 80% of the human trafficking is related to sexual exploitation, while the rest is bonded labour. And, India is allegedly the hub of these crimes in Asia.
- As per data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2013, the maximum number of crimes (65.5%) committed in India were related to human trafficking and were registered under the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act 1956.
- The same year, 31.1% of the crimes were registered under Procuration of Minor Girls (Indian Penal Code Section 366-A).
- According to government data, every eighth minute, a child goes missing (read. trafficked) in India. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) reveals almost 40,000 children are kidnapped yearly, out of which 11,000 could never be traced.
- Illegal Procuration of Minor Girls for sexual exploitation and/or bonded labour rose drastically by 416% between 2009-13. It was 237 in 2009, while the number increased to 1224 in 2013.
- The NCRB findings show West Bengal as the hub of human trafficking in India, followed by Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Delhi is the transit point.
- In 2011, pan-India, around 35,000 children reportedly went missing; out of whom, almost 11,000 were from West Bengal. In 2013, the number of human trafficking cases registered in India was 669.
- The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime states in 2012, 528 human trafficking cases were reported from Tamil Nadu.
- As per the Ministry of Home Affairs data, between 2009-13, 1379 human trafficking cases were reported from Karnataka, 2,244 from Tamil Nadu and 2,157 from Andhra Pradesh.
- As per a report by the National Human Rights Commission of India, only 10% of human trafficking in India is international; the remaining 90% operates inter-state.
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