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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Trafficking On A Global Scale: An Interview With Sophie Otiende

(Tuesday, February 19, 2019)

In December 2018, Sophie Otiende, a Program Consultant with HAART Kenya, visited Prerana to understand the functioning of the organization and its various programs. When Sophie visited Prerana, the two organizations exchanged ideas and learning based on their years of ground work and research. As we talked to her about the state of trafficking in Kenya and across the nations, Sophie felt that any policy at a global level would only fructify if the issue of trafficking is successfully identified and addressed at a local and regional level.

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Trafficking Localised In The Neighbourhood

(Wednesday, February 13, 2019)

There is a greater vulnerability among the children of economically poor backgrounds to be pushed into the sex trade. Govandi, a slum area in a southeastern suburb of Mumbai, houses 11.6% of Mumbai’s slum population. The area is known for having one of the lowest human development indices in the city and is also unsafe for children. Aniya’s is one such case of abuse for commercial sexual exploitation in the neighbourhood, absence of a safe space, Prerana’s intervention and eventually her rehabilitation.

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Too Many Names But No Identity – The Reality Of Children In Red-Light Areas

(Friday, February 8, 2019)

For victims of commercial sexual exploitation, loss of identity goes way beyond a layman’s understanding. When a victim is exploited sexually, especially in a commercial context, she is often given different names, to hide and change her identity when she is frequently sold from one brothel-keeper to another. Their children grow as stateless children and face great difficulties even if helped by civil society organizations to acquire an education and vocational training. These children end up getting too many names, but no identity.

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The Process To Conduct A Social Investigation Report – A Guide

(Wednesday, January 30, 2019)

When a Child in Need of Care and Protection is presented before the Child Welfare Committee, the competent authority directs a voluntary organization to submit a Social Investigation Report. Prerana’s Anti-Trafficking Center brings to you a comprehensive guide on the process to conduct a Social Investigation, including factual information, observations, impressionistic data, analysis and recommendations to serve the best interest of the child that should form a part of an SIR.

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Busting The Myth: Mobile & (Im)mobility In Lives Of Prostituted Women In Red-Light Areas

(Thursday, January 3, 2019)

With technological advancement in leaps and bounds, cheaper internet and free calls, one appears to practice one’s own agency and freedom. But does the technological interplay have the same impact on the lives of victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking? Does it allow them to exercise their autonomy, if at all, when it comes to client soliciting and relationship? Or has it made them more vulnerable, with brothel-keepers and pimps wielding intense control over them?

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A Bright Soul In The Heart Of Darkness – The Story Of Priya Mitra

(Friday, November 30, 2018)

Prerana’s decades of endeavor to end intergenerational sex trafficking of children has repeatedly brought to the fore the supreme importance of formal education as a unique key to liberation and development while simultaneously providing protection, immunity and resilience against victimization in the sex trade. This is the story of Priya Mitra (name changed), a child from the red-light area of Falkland Road. The story traces her and her mother Neelam’s journey from the heart of darkness to a world where Priya now guards her rights, exercises choices and enjoys dignity.

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Analysing the Bill of the proposed Anti Trafficking Law 2018

(Monday, July 23, 2018)

As the Prerana Anti Trafficking Centre (ATC) team, we would like to share the thoughts we have on the Bill of the proposed Anti Trafficking Law 2018, which is scheduled to be tabled during the monsoon session of Parliament that began on Wednesday, 18th July.


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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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