Opinion | Human trafficking: Forced rescues are not the answer
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, a look at what is needed to end a global scourge
Today, 10 December, is International Human Rights day. Among the issues crying out for our attention is the scourge of human trafficking. Regarded as one of the ugliest crimes on planet, it is also an enormously lucrative business, and there are significant challenges in determining its prevalence throughout the country. According to statistics of India’s National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), trafficking has manifold objectives. These include forced labour, prostitution, and other forms of sexual exploitation. According to the NCRB, three out of five people trafficked in 2016 were children below the age of 18 years. Of these, 4,911 were girls and 4,123 were boys. NCRB data shows that sexual exploitation for prostitution was the second major purpose for human trafficking in India, after forced labour.