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November 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Human Trafficking in India

                I saw a video at my church one time about human trafficking in India.  There was a representative from a Christian program visiting my church that Sunday to try and raise money for their program, and that video showed pictures of young boys and girls who were sold into human trafficking in India.  After that video, my heart went out to all the people who were involved in human trafficking, not only in India, but all over the world.  I think that human trafficking is a world problem and more attention should be brought to the subject, but I decided to focus on human trafficking in India because that is where I hear about it the most.  While starting to think about this subject, I couldn’t stop myself from wondering how in the world this so called “business” ever got started.  Who would sell their child to someone they don’t know, just for some money?

                Slavery is as old as human civilization, and at one point, was perceived as a normal part of living.  Most of the world’s founding cultures (China, Egypt, India) practiced slavery and accepted is as a fact of life. 


Human trafficking has been identified as the fastest growing criminal industry in the world, and comes second to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry in the world.  In 2004, the total annual revenue for trafficking was estimated to range from five to nine billion dollars.  In 2008, the United Nations estimated that about 2.5 million people from 127 different countries were being trafficked into 137 different countries around the world (Wikipedia: Human Trafficking).  Those are just some statistics for trafficking around the entire world.

Wikipedia states that, “Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery, commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, or a modern-day form of slavery”.  There are many different kinds of human trafficking, which include bonded labor, forced labor, child labor, and sex trafficking.  Bonded labor, or “debt bondage”, is when a person’s labor is demanded as a source of repayment for a loan or service from someone else.  This form of trafficking is the least known, but the most widely used for of trafficking.  Forced labor is when people are forced to work against their own will and their freedom is restricted and are considered to be “owned” by someone else.  Forced labor is more common among men because they are said to be able to perform a more variety of jobs that include, agricultural labor, sweatshop factory labor, janitorial labor, and begging……NOT FINISHED (Wikipedia)


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