Trafficking for exploitation in the labour sector

Persons (men, women, and transgender) are trafficked for the purpose of exploiting their bodily labour in the labour sector; children trafficked on brick kilns, men trafficked as farm labour, children used in the supply chains of some high end products or as domestic help are some examples.

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Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Persons (men, women and transgender) are trafficked for the purpose of exploiting them as prostitutes, making pornographic films and other objectionable material on them. They are lured with false promises of marriage, or forcibly procured and sold into the sex trade.

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Trafficking to exploit children by forcing them to become soldiers

Persons (men, women and transgender) are forcibly inducted illegally for the purpose of engaging them in armed hostilities like wars, terrorism, ethnic aggression, ultra radical political movements, arms trade, etc. There were cases of such trafficking of children in the Naxal affected areas in India.

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Trafficking for exploitation in the clandestine entertainment industry

Persons (men, women and transgender) are trafficked for the purpose of exploiting them in illegal or exploitative entertainment like circus, dance bars tamasha (vulgar folk theatre), nude clubs, lap dancing, pornographic films, etc. The girls and women trafficked and forced to moonlight as prostitutes.

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Trafficking for harvesting organs from a living human being

Persons (men, women and transgender) are trafficked for the purpose of forcibly and deceptively harvesting their bodily organs such as kidneys, liver, skin, blood etc. They cannot be manufactured unlike an industrial product. They have to be harvested from a human being dead or alive.

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Trafficking of children to be sold in illegal adoption

New born babies, infants, children are stolen from the custody of parents, and abandoned unescorted babies and children are taken into possession in order to sell them for profits in the illegal adoption rackets, or to sell them to the adults or couples looking for unclaimed babies to be illegally adopted.

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Trafficking for exploitation in organized beggary

Persons (men, women and transgender) are trafficked for the purpose of making them beg in public places and make profits thereupon. Persons of all ages are trafficked for the criminally organized beggary rackets. This in turn has led to stealing of new born infants from public places, and maternity homes.

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Trafficking of women to be exploited as sex provider by under the garb of marriage

Persons (mostly girls and young women) are deceptively or forcibly, or by the abuse of their vulnerability, or by offering them incentives purchased as brides but are actually used for sexual pleasure often by the men for some time and are then abandoned. In some cases, they are exploited as a common wife of all men in a family and as a common unpaid labour.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Mainstreaming The Marginalized 

(Saturday, July 7, 2018)

Prerana has been working with women and children from the Red-Light Areas in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, since 1986. They are a section of society that is still ignored and left out of the mainstream society. ‘Mainstreaming the Marginalized’ discusses the approach and the process we follow while working to ensure that these invisible women and children move past the trauma to find their place in the outside world.

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A Girl On The Highway 

(Monday, July 2, 2018)

The Centre has recently brought in an ordinance to enhance the jail term for rape of a minor girl below the age of 16 and award death penalty for the rape of under-12 girls. Madhya Pradesh was the first state to enforce the penalty in December 2017. However, the article explores why Madhya Pradesh’s stringent laws on child rape have done nothing to help minor Bachhada girls, who are forced into caste-sanctioned prostitution.

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Heinous Crimes: HC Lifts State Hurdles Blocking Compensation
(Friday, June 29, 2018)

A clause in a state law that allowed victims of violent crimes to be compensated by the state only if the accused was unidentified, untraceable and the trial had not yet started, has been struck down by the Calcutta High Court. The court’s order came after a trafficking victim was rescued from Pune. CID arrested two of the four accused traffickers, with two more absconding. The victim applied for compensation under the state scheme, but her petition was turned down once.

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4 yrs since POCSOA in Maharashtra: Authorities lack understanding of Act, says study
(Wednesday, May 9, 2018)

It has been four years since Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSOA) was introduced in Maharashtra, yet neither the police nor the child welfare committees, hospitals, special public prosecutors, district child protection units, or juvenile justice boards have a clear idea about the ambit of the Act. What’s more alarming is the worryingly child-unfriendly way in which the matters are dealt with, finds a new study conducted by anti-trafficking organisation Prerana.

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Discovering The Strength Within – A Case Study
(Friday, April 27, 2018)

In Prerana, we hear several stories every year. Some hopeful, some full of courage, but mostly all, heart wrenching. Neerja and her daughter Vini’s story is no different. What is inspiring though, is how Vini transformed her life with sheer strength and faith in self and the organisation.

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Cabinet approves bill to tackle human trafficking, improve rehabilitation of victims
(Wednesday, February 28, 2018)

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018. It will be introduced in Parliament in the second half of the Budget Session, which starts on March 5. With this law, the government said it aims to “make India a leader among South Asian countries to combat trafficking” by addressing the problem “from the point of view of prevention, rescue and rehabilitation”.

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The ‘Trapped’
(Tuesday, January 23, 2018)

Prerana’s Sanmaan project has been working towards the protection and development of the children found/ rescued from beggary. In the past two years, Sanmaan has intervened in the rehabilitation of 185 children, 57 of whom belong to the Pardhi Community (The Marathi word ‘Pardhi’ translates to ‘Hunters’). As our team closely worked with Pardhis, we better understood the massive discrimination this community faces. This article sheds light on the Pardhi Community.

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Examining the Proposal of Introducing Sexual Offenders’ Registry
(Monday, December 11, 2017)

Following years have witnessed the resurfacing of an old demand for a nationwide Sex Offenders’ Registry (SOR). What should concern us here is the fact that experience and research on the existing systems abroad prove that the SOR has little utility in curbing sexual offences or making the social environment safe for children. It is imperative that before our Government pays a serious heed to the demand for a Sexual Offenders’ Registry, we should also take a look at all the reasons why it is NOT a good idea!

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