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Type of document: News
Topic: Actions/initiatives/projects
Law enforcement
Policy and Planning
Trafficking patterns
Geographic descriptors: India
Language: English
Publisher: Hindustan Times
Date of publication: 6 November 2004
Long Abstract: Each year, an estimated 6-8 lakh people, particularly children and women, are trafficked across international borders. India is a source, destination as well as a transit channel for women, children and men trafficked for the purposes of exploitation — both sexual as well as cheap/bonded labour. So much so that the annual “Trafficking in Persons Report 2004” released by the US State Department has placed India in its Tier-2 Watch list. Yogesh Pawar of NDTV India emphasised that NGOs and media have to work hand in hand. “Media, especially electronic media, has its limitations and one has to work within the framework. Secondly, flow of information from the organisation involved should be consistent and correct.” A number of social workers present complained that media was often insensitive towards the victims. “Highlighting the photographs of the young women and children only adds to the victims' social stigma,” said Lalitha, who works with Child trafficking cell in the capital. The workshop discussed how the various shortcomings in media reports could be rectified. “We read of how a journalist from an esteemed newspaper bought Kamla in a sting operation and saved her from flesh trade,” said Rakhi Milind of Dainik Bhaskar. “The story earned rave reviews for the journalist, but nothing was heard of Kamla after that. Neither the reporter nor the readers came to know what happened to her.” Most participants agreed that there should be a regular follow-up on every story. It was felt that the media to should bring a story to its logical conclusion by ensuring that the victims got justice and the traffickers were punished. A broad consensus was arrived on certain other elements: Prohibiting public disclosure of names and pictures of victims of sex industry and publication of their history; highlighting the fact that victims have legal rights to seek reparations from traffickers; campaigning for safe shelter/ temporary residence for victims during legal proceedings; providing psychological and physical healthcare; and promotion and protection of the rights of children and women.
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