India is the epicenter of human trafficking – Every 4 minutes, an innocent girl is kidnapped, bound, stripped of her virginity and forced into a life of prostitution. The United Nations has deemed India the most dangerous place in the world to be a girl. With 150,000 children per year sold into slavery, India now has 2-3 million prostitutes.
Why is this happening?
One third of the country live below the poverty line, deprived and uneducated. With no enforcement of laws and minimal government involvement, traffickers see the poor as low risk. People willing to pay money for commercial sex create a huge market of traffickers cashing in on exploitation. Brothel owners and pimps are rarely prosecuted, grossly excelling the issue.
The sex trafficking trade is expanding every day. The secretive nature of operations means numbers are difficult to estimate. Women are silenced and authorities are not paying attention.
Many experts have expressed that trafficking in India is possibly triple to what the UN is reporting.
We must fight. There is a solution, and the power is in our hands.
With every story told and every survivor heard, we come closer to preventing this problem.
Awareness is everything. Across the globe we must reach out together to spread the word, and #giveheravoice.
This is not just India’s problem, these are 13-year-old girls being violently stripped of their innocence, in our world.
This is a problem for every city, every nation and every individual.