An Inside Story on Trafficking and Prostitution in India


India is home to over 18 million people living under the shackles of modern-day slavery. And the number of victims of sex trafficking are between 3 and 9 million. In the last year alone, about 20000 women and children were smuggled out of the country for the purpose of trafficking, indicating a surge of 25% from the previous year, according to the Centre, though the unofficial figures are much higher.

As dusk falls, red light districts of India come to life. The dingy alleyways become clogged with hordes of men buying sex: young trafficked girls are sold for as low as $3. The brothels are filled with darkness, litters and used condoms. They evoke stories of dirt, destitution and despair. Young souls, who would’ve been sitting in their classrooms in schools, are found to be trapped in the hollows of prostitution, inflicted upon by their brokers or pimps. Many local charitable organizations are working towards freeing these girls from the clutches of flesh trade, and if you go by the numbers, at least 90% of the girls are victims of sexual slavery.

The sex industry is grim and grody; young girls of age 12 or 13 are forced into selling their bodies.  “Human trafficking dealers get good money,” explains an NGO worker. “You can buy a minor girl for 5,000 to 10,000 rupees ($75 to $150) in the north or in Nepal, and sell her in a metropolitan city for over 200,000 ($3,300). The younger the girl, the higher the price, especially if she’s a virgin.”

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A lot of charities are coming forward nowadays to help, protect and rehabilitate these women and children. Missing is one of them; through their art through activism inspired installations, this organization aims to spread awareness about trafficking and its harmful effects on the society as a whole. Time to time, it organizes various child trafficking awareness campaigns and other relatable initiatives.

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