“Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons” by using “force[,]… coercion, abduction, fraud, [and] deception” to control and exploit another person, including, but not limited to, sex exploitation.
– UN TIP Protocol
Sex trafficking is an affront against basic human dignity. It occurs in nearly every country, and its networks are formidable and difficult to investigate. According to the United Nations, there are between 27 and 30 million modern-day slaves in the world. These figures are usually under-reported and many victims are often kept hidden in the shadows, meaning that real, actual statistics are often elusive.
UNICEF reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and that approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.
The issue of sex trafficking has received increasing attention in India and around the world across the last decade, yet efforts to combat the crime remain woefully inadequate. Millions of young women and children are lured into forced prostitution within India and into India every single year. They are treated like expendable commodities until there is nothing left.