KISHANGANJ: Within two days of a Bihar court giving a verdict within 18 days in a kidnap trial, another fast-track court took just four months to sentence a man to life for raping a three-year-old girl.
500 girls working as bonded labour in state: Pendu Union
Ludhiana, May 24: THE case study of 18-year-old Mohini and 25-year-old Sarita in their forced employment throws light upon human trafficking.
The ILO estimated in a report last year that 12.3 million people were subject to forced labor.
“For us that’s contemporary slavery”, Patrick Belser, an ILO expert explained.
The ILO said in the report that globalization was helping to fuel forced labor, especially in Europe.
Slavery was outlawed by an international convention in 1926 and technically it cannot exist today because no one can invoke a right of ownership over another human being. Forced labor was defined in a 1930 treaty as any form of involuntary work imposed under the threat of a sanction. It is predominantly found in Asia, where 9.5 million people are thought to be engaged in forced labor, according to the ILO.
The bulk of them are peasants in India and Pakistan who live in virtual serfdom as bonded labor.
They are condemned to a life of misery because they are forced to give half of their crop to their landowner, while their children are often obliged to work to pay back debts, according to the ILO.
Checking Trafficking [ 2006-5-24 ]
A news report has it that nearly 100,000 people are trafficked every year for different exploitative purposes in South Asia. Majority of them are women and young children. Experts and activists, speaking in a high-level meeting on Human Trafficking and HIV in Kathmandu the other day, said that human trafficking in South Asia has been a major social problem for which collective efforts were needed to combat this social ill.
[ Monday, May 22, 2006 11:22:16 pmTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
City cops choose bandobast duties over preventing trafficking of women. Cops too have preferences. Assignments are picked on the basis of what is high profile and what is not. While detection of crime is rated as challenging and high profile, preventing trafficking is considered less challenging and less prestigious an assignment. In fact, it is last on the list of priorities of many a policemen.
Human Trafficking Conference Calls for Action against Corruption, Weak Law Enforcement
By Ron Corben Bangkok22 May 2006
Voice of America
Human trafficking into sex tradeA conference in Bangkok is promoting greater regional cooperation in the fight against human trafficking in the Mekong River region. Speakers called on regional governments to end corruption and strengthen law enforcement.
Speakers at the opening session of the conference Monday warned that corruption and weak law enforcement are hampering efforts to combat human trafficking
United Nations urges nations to take steps to curb human trafficking
Dharam Shourie, New York:
The UN has asked governments to take “serious” steps and coordinated action to eliminate human trafficking, warning virtually no country is safe from the scourge which mainly claims women and children as its victims.Millions have fallen victim and face sexual exploitation or forced labour, a new report by the world body said.The report, released yesterday, divides countries into five categories as far as origin, transit and destination are concerned – very high, high, medium, low and very low.India, along with Pakistan and Nepal is grouped among countries with high incidence of origin for human trafficking.As transit points for human trafficking, India is in the medium category along with the UK and Russia. On the other end of the scale, Pakistan and Nepal are in the ‘very low’ group.As destination countries, India and Pakistan are in the ‘high’ category while nations like the US and Germany find themselves in the ‘very high’ list.According to the report, Asia is both origin and destination region for trafficking in human beings with victims trafficked to countries like India and Pakistan.”The fact that this form of slavery still exists in the 21st century shames us all,” UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said releasing the report.The report identifies 127 countries of origin, 98 transit countries and 137 destination countries. It shows that global efforts to combat trafficking are being hampered by a lack of accurate data, reflecting the unwillingness of some countries to acknowledge that the problem affects them.
Hi Rishi& to all family members of National Coalition of Media.
The interaction of mediapersons in Jaipur and later in Goa and the regular programmes held in Lucknow have sensitised the journalists in the State. With the intiative of Shakti Vahini, a media forum to deal with human trafficking and HIV AIDS issues, was formed in March. Its members rescued a 6-year-old boy, Faroq, from the clutches of a pottery seller. The boy was kidnapped by a woman from Khurja and later sold to a person for Rs 20,000, who in turn handed the minor to a roadside vendor. The vendor was using the boy as a labourer. The boy is presently in a child protection home in Lucknow. Besides this rescue, several reports about the activities of various government and non-governmental organisations have been published both at local and national levels to expose the oganised syndicate of drug traffickers as well as to sensitise the common man and the government functioneries to unite in the war against illegal trade of human beings, especially minors. A beginning has been made but a lot is yet to be done. We hope that the nationwide awakening on the above menace will bring the desired results
.Head lines of reports published recently –
`The Pioneer’-AIDS cases rising in the State (Feburary 7, 2006)
-Demand to set up Anti-Trafficking Cell raised (Feburary 8, 2006)
-UP much ahead of other states in Human Trafficking , says survey (Feburary 8, 2006)
-Workshop on AIDS, Trafficking to bring victim to mainstream (Feburary 9, 2006)
-Female foeticide highest in India, says experts (March 3, 2006)
-Women to get bigger share in Police (Feburary 22, 2006)
-Minod used as sex slave, killed and cremated (Story of Jharkhand girls who were sold and later sexually exploited in Jind at Haryana before one of them was hacked to death) (Feburary 23, 2006)
-Sensitising students best answer to AIDS prevention (Feburary 23, 2006)
-Boy kinnapped and, sold twice rescued (March 11, 2006)
-Concern over police role in human trafficking (March 22, 2006)
-Girl sold twice in Mumbai and Jhansi rescued (March 23, 2006)
-DGP’s call to check child trafficking (March 25, 2006)
-Truck Record:Refueling in Mathura fuels AIDS fire (March 27, 2006)
-UP AIDS Control Society to use folk media as a tool to spread AIDS awareness in 15 districts (March 29, 2006)
Minors used as drug peddlers in Goa (May 4, 2006)`Swantantra Bharat’
- 30 lakh girls were involved in commercial sex, nodal agency on anti-trafficking to be formed (Feburary 22, 2006)
-Teenagers were also used in drug trafficking besides flesh trade (Feburary7,2006)
-Help of Religious Gurus will be taken to check Human Trafficking (March 21,2006)
Drug Trafficking and AIDS were releated to each other (Feburary 7, 206)
-Rescued sexual workers to be rehabilated (April 21, 2006)
-Human Trafficking victim Faroq handed over to child line (March 21,2006)
Who were involved in making of objectionable films and full page article in Sunday magazine (April 23, 2006), related to wide spread of sex workers including the villages and how human trafficking and sexual emploitation for commercial purposes increased during the last over one decade.
The Indian Express, Aaj, Jan Satta, Amar Ulaja, Times of India, Hindustan, Hindustan Times, Dainik Jagran also published several reports on the above issue since the intiative to sensitise the mediapersons started in Feburary this year.with regards
Cross-border trafficking of women especially from across Nepal remains rampant.
The recent political turmoil in Nepal has only made things worse.
The problem is compounded by the fact that the Indo-Nepal border security in Nepal is in a shambles.
INDIA: Human trafficking in the northeast fuelling HIV/AIDS – report
17 May 2006 07:41:26 GMT
KOKRAJHAR, 17 May (IRIN) – Images of guns, drugs and rebels have long defined India’s troubled northeast. Now, a study across eight states in this resource-rich, infrastructure-poor, conflict-scarred region seeks to highlight a new worry: the rising tide of human trafficking – mostly women and girls – and its potential for hastening the spread of HIV/AIDS.