India lives with the dubious distinction of having one of the largest numbers of women trafficked. Directly correlated to the levels of poverty existing in the country, women are trafficked into prostitution or bonded labour through abduction or false promises of jobs. This social evil violates the basic human rights of women and exploits them. The crime has wider dimensions with criminal syndicates and corrupt politicians and law enforcers being complicit. In this cycle of exploitation, girls and women are trafficked to various parts of the country and even abroad. If statistics are to be believed then around 2 million women and children are trafficked into the red-light areas dotting every major city in the country. Traffickers recruit women and children using coercion, lies, manipulation, and threats.
Of all states, the highest number of cases have been reported from West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. In West Bengal, Murshidabad district is counted as the nerve centre of trafficking and bonded labour. This is due to the district’s proximity with Bangladesh wherein it acts as a transit point for girls and women. Also, since West Bengal shares around 2,217 kilometers of its porous border with Bangladesh, it has become a haven for such types of criminal activities.
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