Human Trafficking and the Rule of Law
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, December 10, 1948
The faces of human trafficking are many. People move within and across national borders in search of paid work. However, recruitment practices and working conditions are by and large unfavorable to a large number of workers. Most people simply do not have adequate information about the legal regime around cross border movements. Most people are unable to understand let alone negotiate terms of contracts. Unscrupulous agents enter this scenario to facilitate travel and negotiate contracts for the workers. In the process they make huge profits from putting the workers in very vulnerable and exploitative situations. Abuse and exploitation of migrating workers is rampant and many fall prey to the heinous crime of human trafficking. Human trafficking affects every country across the world. Read more.
We are just a week away from the World Justice Forum 3. Now that registrations and other formalities are done all of you must be getting ready to be in Barcelona.
I will be moderating the project design sessions on human trafficking and wanted to make an initial contact with those who have signed up for this theme. It would be great if we can talk a little during this week and agree on possible sub themes.
Do feel free to propose sub-themes explaining why you think that to be relevant. Let us keep in mind that we would be focusing specifically on issues related to human trafficking and the rule of law. so topics such as the trafficked person's access to justice, prosecution of traffickers, discriminatpry legisaltions that might be fuelling rather than stopping human trafficking are just some examples of what we could discuss. I am sure you would have many more ideas based on your own work. Read more »
Theme-5: A proposal for action.
by Dr. P.M. Nair
Theme-4: Multidisciplinary and multistakeholder approach in generating public public participation in anti human trafficking and facilitating the rule of law.
by Dr. P.M. Nair
The history of AHT in India has certain important landmarks, as below:- Read more »
Theme-3: Synergizing anti human trafficking activities with operations against extremists ('Naxals')
by Dr. P.M. Nair
The problem: India is a vast country with 1.2 billion population, of which 48% are females. As per the Census 2011, among the population, 37% are below poverty level and 72.2 % live in villages. Some of the villages are very interior and completely rural, without development, lacking even in roads and communication facilities. Though concerted efforts have been made by the government to address these issues, one has miles to go before the issues are addressed. Read more »
Theme 2: Setting up integrated anti human trafficking units (AHTU) in preventing and combatting human trafficking.
by Dr. P.M. Nair Read more »
Theme-1: Multidisciplinary and multistakeholder approach in the capacity building and empowerment of responders on human trafficking.
by Dr. P.M. Nair* Read more »
I have been to hell: rescued Nepalese girls and women’s experiences of trafficking to brothels in India
Nice to start a new blog under this theme. Here is the abstract of a study we have conducted recently in Nepal on W/G trafficking. If you are interested to read the article and comment on that, I can post that later. It is still under publication.
Trafficking of women and girls (W/G) for the purpose of sexual exploitation occurring around the world is a deliberate and medieval human rights violation.
The aim of this research was to study the factors motivating and nurturing W/G trafficking from Nepal, to identify the routes of trafficking, modes of rescue from the brothels, and the integration process as perceived by W/G. Read more »