77.8% of trafficked kids lured into sex trade on job promise : Report

Kolkata
1 Dec 2017

An estimated 77.8 per cent of the trafficked children are lured into flesh trade at the promise of good job, according to a report. The report, compiled by West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights in collaboration with the International Justice Mission (IJM), said the children were subjected to brutal physical violence during conditioning period of the trade which also involved multiple rapes. The report was released on Thursday after on-field study in 2015-16 in the city and neighbourhood areas said. "Once conditioned, these children were forced to provide sexual 'services' to 7-18 men in a day," the report said.
An estimated 4.4 per cent of brothels and hotels in known red light locations, called 'public establishments' in the report, have minors sold for sex, the report said. The overall number of children - both boys and girls - in such places like brothels was no more than 0.8 per cent, the report said. Children have been put into the age group of 16-17 years. In places where sex trade is carried out covertly, like residential premises, massage parlours and lodges, a higher number of 18 per cent children were engaged in such activities, it said.
Of the 131 sex workers sampled in such private establishments, where the information about flesh trade was known only to the select patrons, the number of children engaged in such trade was 24, the report said. Regional Director, International Justice Mission, India Sanjay Macwan said after the launch, IJM in collaboration with WBCPCR (West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights) had conducted the survey with all possible help from Kolkata Police and CID. Member Secretary, West Bengal State Legal Services Authority, Ajoy Kumar Gupta said: "One of the worst form of human trafficking is sex trafficking which is most visible in red light areas and a far greater number of them are women and children."
“The time has come for more inter-state collaboration to fight this menace”, Macwan said. Macwan added, West Bengal has made some of the most progressive anti-trafficking efforts in the country. "The finding of IJM's study reflects the impact of state government's initiatives, the proactive police effort to deter crime and timely conviction from the judiciary," he said. (PTI)