8 November, 2015
The Realities of Human Trafficking
“I’d like to tell you the story of these three children, Pranitha, Shaheen, and Anjali. Pranitha’s mother was a woman in prostitution, a prostituted person. She got infected with HIV, and towards the end of her life, when she was in the final stages of AIDS, she could not prostitute, so she sold four-year-old Pranitha to a broker. By the time we got the information, we reached there; Pranitha was already raped by three men. Shaheen’s background I don’t even know. We found her in a railway track, raped by many men, I don’t know how many. But the indications of it on her body were that her intestine was outside her body. And when we took her to the hospital she needed 32 stitches to put back her intestine into her body. We still don’t know who her parents are, who she is. All that we know that hundreds of men had used her brutally. Anjali’s father, a drunkard, sold his child for pornography.”(Dr. Sunitha Krishnan). These stories, unfortunately, are reality to roughly two million women and children each year. Understanding the cause and effect in human trafficking is essential when working to end it. Dr. Sunitha Krishnan co-founder of Prajwala, or "eternal flame," a group in Hyderabad that rescues women and children from human trafficking, discusses how to look at human trafficking through the lenses of cause and effect to get to the real roots of the problem. Generating around thirty two billion dollars annually, human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal activity of today. Dr. Sunitha Krishnan explains many of the issues with this crime in her inspiring TED video called, “The Fight against Sex Slavery”. There are four sides to the issue; the victims, the perpetrators, the governments, and non-profit originations which are trying to stop the epidemic. Dr. Krishnan also speaks about how society can help by becoming more aware of this horrific crime, and help others...