We may crib about not having enough cash for few days, we may complaint about standing in queues, we may not get chance to buy new things after demonetization, but we should realize that the move has saved the lives of thousands of innocent girls.

Yes, the human trafficking industry which is one of the most horrendous mafia working in India kidnapping innocent little girls, women and use them as sex workers has been come to a grinding halt. This information was revealed by the rescue workers on the ground recently. According to the study, the girls are kidnapped from all over the country until November every year, and are transported to different places both nationally and internationally using middleman. They are sold to brothels, placement agencies and as child brides. Many times, people who indulge in black magic also buy them through dealers.

These kids once sold to brothels can never come back to normal life, as the impact of the suffering is so intense and they often lose their mental balance and accept their life as prostitutes. Many girls who try to escape are usually killed or they are punished most brutally that it becomes impossible for them to remove the scar from their minds.

But ever since the demonetization was announced on November 8th, the rescue workers have told that the trafficking has been STOPPED COMPLETELY and NOT ONE GIRL HAS BEEN TRAFFICKED!! The rescue workers said that they had never seen this business hit rock bottom any time before.

They said during the month of November and December the demand is high for girls due to holiday season and New Year Parties, but now there is no movement of these middleman in the market. In northern India Assam, Bihar and Jharkhand and in southern India, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad are the places where girls are trafficked the most. All the transaction of selling and buying used to happen through cash and now the employees and mafia heads do not have money to pay to the middleman. These people mostly used 500 and 1000 rupee notes as it was easy, but now there is no liquidity which has hit the business badly. Rakesh Senger, a child rights activist with Bachpan Bachao Andolan, an NGO said that they found atleast 10-15 cases of child trafficking every day, but since a month there is no report of any child trafficking which is most amazing.

He said that girls are usually sold at Rs 2.5 to 3 Lakhs which includes the cost of transporting, bribing politicians, local policemen, administration officers and grooming her for the work. But the actual cost comes around 20,000 for transporting and bribing, so the trafficker and mafia keeps 2.20 Lakhs for themselves. But however many trafficking agencies charge the girls depending on their age, for example 10-12 year old girl costs Rs 5 lakh, and girls between the groups of 13 and 15 cost Rs 4 lakh which is all paid in black money.

A study conducted by Global March against Child Labour, a network of trade unions, teachers and civil society organisations reported the annual income of human trafficking to be nearly 19 trillions. The rescuer said that the entire business is a network of people who help each other and it’s not only the mafia and traffickers who make money. Many brothel owners, money lenders, law enforcement officials, and many people in the judiciary are also said to be involved in the racket. The money is transferred very quick and is distributed to the all players in the crime.

Most times, individuals from judiciary, law enforcement, police department, government agencies and doctors are linked with the illegal business and they capitalize on the illegal trade.

Nobel Prize winner Kailash Satyarti said that after demonetization, the brothel owners have literally lost their business since they cannot exchange money in banks and new currency is not readily available in the markets yet. So the customers have stopped going to brothels and brothel owners since they have no cash to pay them.

The senior police of the Delhi branch said they conduct surprise raids in many areas and also keep constant vigil on train bound to Delhi from Bengal, Assam and Bihar, but since one month they haven’t found any child trafficking incidents and girls traveling with anonymous people.

Kailash Satyatri said that black money was the back bone of the child trafficking industry and now the back bone has been fractured badly after demonetization. He also added that the team met the Prime Minister appraised him about the development and suggested to take further steps to ensure that black money doesn’t get accumulated in the system again.

Courtesy: Livemint news


Aishwarya S

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