Thursday, November 18, 2010

Human Trafficking..An insight!

Human Trafficking is defined as illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor: a modern-day form of slaveryIs it stoppable? In the current scenario definitely NOT!

Human Trafficking...The words create jitters amongst us!
It reminds of the Red light areas which we have heard of, else the prostitutes which we would have observed on a road(In places like Bangalore)
I always wondered whether the victims of Human Trafficking resisted it till the end or succumbed to the scenarios and accepted their fate. I recently came across the video(link has been shared) which triggered this topic in my mind again!

I wouldn't like to comment on this topic globally, but definitely on the local scenario. I have observed the prostitutes who stand near Manipal centre everyday. They are all dressed up and have a pimp at the end of the road negotiating on their behalf. Agreed, that they do this for living, but not justified. I have nothing against prostitution unless it is a forced one! Every human being has a right to choose their way of life, be it earning by selling Knowledge or Flesh! But it should not be forced. I see the pimps negotiating for the prostitutes(or for their share), is it required? There was a time, when fingers were pointed whether prostitution should be legalized? Few countries have already legalized it, but is it feasible in India?, where even the Politicians will have their share in it (When it is termed as   ESCORTS instead of prostitutes).

I believe if its legalized, the WOMEN will have rights to CHOOSE the men they want to be with and get paid for and not forced to be with any Tom Dick & Harry the pimp decides to.
I am not for Prostitution, but definitely a believer that every one has a Right to choose their way of life!
Trading of human beings for slavery is very evident in the city we live! Everyday the newspaper is filled with the abuse done on young girls who have been brought out of village for the sole purpose of slavery! What do we do as a citizen? Read it as a gossip and move on!
There are times when I see young girls/boys begging on the streets and I do shoo them away, but there are also a victim of Human Trafficking. They are being forced to beg and report the income for the day to their Boss probably. Once when my senses were awakened, I demanded a young boy the reason for begging and he chose to ignore my question, instead continued pleading for money! It was an evidence to what extent they are trained to shut their thoughts on being provoked by outsiders. 

This post will not ensure that I go ahead and join an NGO and start working towards it, but will ensure that I do not encourage it and will not ignore when there is an opportunity to rescue the people in need.

Until next time!

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