Human trafficking is the method of catching individuals through the utilization of viciousness or restraint and misusing them for monetary or individual gain.
What trafficking truly implies is young ladies prepared and constrained into sexual abuse; men deceived into tolerating unsafe work offers and caught only to work in building locales, ranches or manufacturing plants; and ladies selected to work in private homes to be caught, abused and manhandled behind closed entryways with no way out.
People don’t have to be transported over borders for trafficking to take place. In truth, transporting or moving the victim doesn’t characterize as trafficking — it can be done inside a single nation, or indeed inside a single community. People can be trafficked and misused in numerous ways, including sexual abuse, forceful labor, begging, marriage or organ transplant.
While the government is taking many measures to curb this social issue and eradicate it, it is equally important to have a thorough knowledge about this matter because you never know, one right move and you can save a person’s whole life. In the battle against human trafficking, everyone can help. Here are 20 suggestions to think about.
- Know The Signs: On the TIP Office’s website, or by attending a training, you can learn about the signs and symptoms of human trafficking. Individuals, organizations, first responders, law enforcement, educators, and federal employees will all benefit from human trafficking awareness training.
- Take Action: If you are in the United States and know someone may be a victim of human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1–888–373–7888 or call 911 to report an emergency and similarly, in India, there is ‘100’.
- Be Conscious and Well-Informed: Visit ResponsibleSourcingTool.org to learn more about who might have picked your tomatoes or made your clothing, or visit the Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. Encourage businesses to take steps to avoid human trafficking in their supply chains and to make information, such as supplier or factory lists, publicly available.
- Give Your Support: In your community, volunteer and support anti-trafficking efforts. Meet with and/or write to your local, state, and federal elected officials to express your concern about human trafficking and to learn more about what they’re doing to combat it. Set up a web alert to receive current human trafficking news.
- Organize Events: Organize a screening and discussion of documentaries about human trafficking to raise awareness. Learn about modern slavery, watch a documentary about sex trafficking, or find out how forced labor can affect global food supply chains, for example. Alternatively, you should contact your local library and ask them to help you find an appropriate book and host the event.
- Social Media: Use the hashtags #endtrafficking and #freedomfirst on your social media platforms to raise awareness about human trafficking.
- Workplace: Consider whether your workplace is traumatizing. Inform and reach out to management or the Human Resources team to push for trauma-informed practices to be implemented.
There are certain constitutional & legislative provisions related to Trafficking in India.
- Trafficking in Human Beings or Persons is prohibited under the Constitution of India under Article 23 (1)
- The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 (ITPA) is the premier legislation for prevention of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.
- Criminal Law (amendment) Act 2013 has come into force wherein Section 370 of the Indian Penal Code has been substituted with Section 370 and 370A IPC which provide for comprehensive measures to counter the menace of human trafficking including trafficking of children for exploitation in any form including physical exploitation or any form of sexual exploitation, slavery, servitude, or the forced removal of organs.
- Protection of Children from Sexual offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, which has come into effect from 14th November, 2012 is a special law to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. It provides precise definitions for different forms of sexual abuse, including penetrative and non-penetrative sexual assault, sexual harassment.
- There are other specific legislations enacted relating to trafficking in women and children Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, Bonded Labor System (Abolition) Act, 1976, Child Labor (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, Transplantation of Human Organs Act, 1994, apart from specific Sections in the IPC, e.g. Sections 372 and 373 dealing with selling and buying of girls for the purpose of prostitution.
- State Governments have also enacted specific legislations to deal with the issue. (e.g. The Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act, 2012).
I hope, by this article we can understand the gravity of the situation and the depth of the evil pit hole the world is falling into. Raise your voice against these issues and save innocent lives!