Flesh trade – the tragic reality
More than 40,000 children go missing every year in India, with child activists saying many end up in the sex or 'flesh' trade, earning about $2.50/hour. Human trafficking - whether for purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labour – is a concealed, lucrative, and pervasive issue.
So when Oasis India, non-government agency, helped rescue 42 girls and 16 boys who were being taken to 'work' in a remote textile factory in April this year, the story received much local and national media interest. The factory is known for being a place of bonded labour and a brothel, where sexual abuse and forced prostitution of female workers who live onsite, are rife.
Indian Activist Talks about 'Fresh Hope'
When Anita Kanaiya, the associate-executive director of Asian Aid's partner Oasis India, spoke against human trafficking at churches, schools and women ministries events, and through radio programs in North NSW, people stopped to listen.
"Human trafficking – whether for purposes of sexual exploitation or forced labour – is a concealed, lucrative, and pervasive issue that happens not only in India, but also within Australia's borders," said Anita during her many speaking appointments during her visit to Australia between July 28 and August 18.
The many stories and confronting experiences about the realities faced by many young children in the hands of heartless traffickers impacted many people who heard Anita speak. "The horrific and disgusting behaviours of traffickers, often-time women, are indescribable," says Rosalie Needham, the organiser of the Uncaged Program hosted by NEST, a ministry for women in the Port Macquarie area on August 10 in the evening.
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For additional information:
To read a first hand account of the events during the rescue in 'Notes From The Field' click here.
To watch a twelve-minute news feature about the rescue on 'India Today', click here.
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