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Type of document: News
Topic: Actions/initiatives/projects
Policy and Planning
Trafficking patterns
Geographic descriptors: World-wide
Language: English
Publisher: teamindia.net
Date of publication: 12 December 2004
Long Abstract: "There is an increased risk of trafficking in times of disasters like cyclones and earthquakes and also during negative life events like death of mother, failure in examination, pregnancy before marriage, etc," says the 'Action Research on Trafficking in Women and Children', conducted by the NHRC in association with United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and Institute of Social Sciences. Terming such times as "high-risk periods for trafficking", it says they seem to increase the vulnerability of young persons and further decrease their social support. Even events like marriages and festivals may increase the probability of trafficking as young people are exposed to guests who come from areas where there is huge demand for sex workers or bonded labourers, it adds. According to the report, which was prepared after interviewing 2,000 victims of commercial sexual exploitation and rescued trafficked child labourers across 13 states, most of them report abuse - both physical and sexual, neglect and psychological maltreatment in their families of origin. "This gets coupled with a complete lack of options due to poverty and increases the risk of trafficking." Death of a parent, substance abuse by a parent and migration of extended family members to so-called 'demand areas' are other common vulnerability themes that emerge from the research data. PTI
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