A team comprising representatives from anti-trafficking social groups, sex slavery survivors and social experts is embarking upon an awareness campaign from next month to create mass awareness among the people about human trafficking and its repercussions.
As many as 24 NGOs would be involved in the awareness program scheduled to begin from January 9, 2015 across the villages and towns of Andhra Pradesh, Telangan and Orissa for three to five months. The campaign would be called ‘Swaraksha’ logo for which was launched in Hyderabad by a noted social activist Sunitha Krishnan (Prajwala) and US Consulate officials.
Sunitha Krishnan said that Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were the second highest supplier states of women or girls to the human trafficking network after West Bengal. She said that traffickers exploit the weaknesses of the society and use deceptive methods to lure young women belonging to rural areas. She said, “Trafficking is the second largest organised crimes in the world.
Sunitha Krishnan and US consulate public affairs officer Gabriel at the launch.
Society must react to the increased trafficking in the country besides stern steps from the governments.” She said that even seven year olds could be easily found in any brothel in metro cities of India. “Besides India most of the girls and women are sent across countries like Malaysia, Dubai, Singapore, Dubai and others. Few women were even traced in Greece,” she said. She informed that governments of Telangana and AP have laws to curb human trafficking and to provide rehabilitation to the victims but implementation of those remains a challenge.
Not a single government has established a rehabilitation home in AP and Telangana rather NGOs have been taking care of victims coming out of the ring of trafficking, she informed. US Consulate Public Affairs Officer Gabriel Hons Olivier said that US government releases Trafficking in Persons (TIP) reports every year to keep the masses aware of this menace. He said, “Trafficking takes a toll on women especially and rural area women are the soft targets of traffickers.”
He said that 16 days of activism was also planned as part of which paintings have been put on display at colleges highlighting the menace of human trafficking. Responding to the queries Sunitha Krishnan said that caravan of representatives from NGOs, trafficking victims called (Aparajitas) and others would tour across the three States creating awareness. She said that during the entourage, interactive sessions with school kids, college students, men and women would be conducted. She said, “We will also interact with men and would educate them not to go for sex out of marriage because as long as the market demands the suppliers will supply.” We would appoint a ‘Vigilant Group’ in each village we visit that would later on keep a check on trafficking activities.
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