Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote the following:
"Last year, I visited a shelter for trafficking survivors. I was embraced by children who should have been in grade school, but were instead recovering from having been enslaved in a brothel. We know trafficking in persons affects every region and every country in the world, but looking into the eyes of those girls and hearing their stories firsthand brought home for me once again the very real and personal tragedy of modern slavery.
That’s why over the past decade the United States and the international community have made the solemn commitment to fight this scourge wherever it exists. Those girls, and the millions of people they represent around the world, are a call to action to deliver on the promises of the last decade."
Did you know that after drugs, humans are the second most trafficked item in the world? Major forms of trafficking include:
- Forced Labor
- Sex Trafficking
- Bonded Labor
- Debt Bondage among migrant laborers
- Involuntary Domestic Servitude
- Forced Child Labor
- Child Soldier
- Child Sex Trafficking
Globally it is estimated that 2.4 million people throughout the world are lured into forced labor as a result of human trafficking at any given time. Women and girls account for about 80% of the detected victims and Child trafficking accounts for about 15-20% of the victims.
Sexual exploitation accounts for about 80% of the detected cases.
In India nearly 60% of the victims of trafficking are below 18 years of age. About 5,000-7,000 Nepalese girls are trafficked to India every day.
In Bombay, children as young as 9 are bought for up to 60,000 rupees (less that $2000). Every day, about 200 girls and women in India enter prostitution, 80% of them against their will.
In Bombay, 95% of the children of prostituted women become prostitutes. 60% of prostituted women in Bombay’s red-light district areas are infected with STDs and AIDS.
Cleveland woman Suchithira Subramanian is participating in the ”Global Seva challenge 2012 of “Off the mat into world“. The Global Seva Challenge 2012 aims to raise awareness of the root causes and impact of the global sex trafficking industry, support organizations in India that are providing refuge, rehabilitation and economic opportunities to survivors, and empower survivors to lead lives with dignity and respect.
You can learn more about this tremendous cause and Suchithira's efforts at Suchithira's blog.
Be sure to learn how to Participate to End the Misery.