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Commodity called child…
World over children are bought & sold in market…
09/08/2007

The dark ages have arrived & the testimony to that is the increasing trafficking of children & the perpetrators are going scott free for want of substantial evidence. It is an irony that while many powerful nations boast of an arsenal good enough to blow over their adversaries many times over, when it comes to protecting their progeny, they seem to be woefully short of ideas, means & efforts.

When Tulasi Das, a Nepali child, was sold to a trafficker & sent to brothels in Mumbai, she didn’t have an iota of idea that she was about to enter a society devoid of dreams, hopes, future & ecstasy. She didn’t know that her only cohort for the rest of her life would be relentless agony. Yet she can take solace in the fact that she would have company in this journey into darkness. UNICEF reported; there are 1.2 million children trafficked each year worldwide. Coalition against Trafficking in Women – Asia Pacific (CATW-AP) states over 200,000 children & women have been trafficked during last ten years in Bangladesh & 200-400 children are trafficked monthly. UN estimates that nearly 200,000 children are trafficked yearly in Cameroon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Mali, Ghana etc. Reports also state that Burma, Cambodia & Laos exported more than 200,000 women & children. There is also a startling increase in women & child trafficking in Asian countries. India imports about 5,000-7,000 Nepali girls annually. Japan, home to Asia’s largest sex industry, trafficked 150,000 non-Japanese from Thailand & Philippines.

Do we essentially want to create a society for our progeny where every mother, sister, friend & spouse has been through this nightmare? And can one imagine the horrifying impact that it would have on a society that took thousands of years of painstaking effort to build? This decision would someday have to be taken. Or else....

By:- B&E
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