“ THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT IN BOMBAY GENERATES AT LEAST $400 MILLION PER ANNUM IN REVENUE WITH 1,00,000 PROSTITUTES SERVING 365 DAYS A YEAR, AT THE AVERAGE RATE OF 6 CUSTOMERS PER DAY AT $2 EACH.”
In 1996, when Robert Friedman wrote this in one of his articles of THE NATION he must not have thought that this industry was there to flourish most vigor, crime, and torture. The commercial sex trade has been the chief destination for trafficked girls in India and became the largest in Asia.
Sex tourism in India remains a highly profitable business involving underage girls and trafficking. India is listed in Tier-II of The United Nations which includes those countries which have failed to control human trafficking.
The statistics of The Ministry of Women and Children Development States that India has nearly 2.5 million prostitutes in nearly 300,000 brothels in 1,100 Red lights areas across the country, 90% most estimated as in-country and 5% to 10% to cross-border trafficking also includes Europe and specifically to UK and US. Around 1.2 million children are involved in prostitution in India.
And this business is profitable with a 30% increase from previous years.
Almost 80% of all worldwide trafficking is for sexual exploitation with millions of children being bought and sold for sexual slavery every year. The highest number of victims of trafficking and sex slavery is being recorded in the eastern state of West Bengal.
People from the lower caste or the tribal areas or the women or children excluded from the society are generally for a better lifestyle and employment opportunity and sold by the agents. The life of sex worker in Bombay Kamathipura is pathetic in all ways.
Human trafficking is considered the third-largest organized crime, globally and the number is increasing every year. Poverty, uneven employment, gender discrimination, harmful tradition, and cultural practices and lack of proper policy implementation to end this grave condition are some of the causes of human trafficking in India.
Though the ages woman was recognized as the “mother of mankind” and it is a well-accepted fact that man and woman are two halves of humanity.
The status of women is the picture of the development of any civilization.
~ Abhinav Pratap Singh
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