Anuradha on the Plight of India’s Impoverished Children

Ms. Anuradha Bhosale graduated from the Tata School of Social Sciences and decided to educate children living in the slums of Kolhapur, 200 miles south of Bombay (Mumbai). She found that the children could not come to a school because they had to work during the day to supplement the parent's income. Note: THIS is […]

The Scourge of Modern Day Slavery

guest blog by Caroline Galea | The story of Kira beggars belief. Kira is a 28-year-old Moldavian woman who has, for seven years, spent most of her time as a sex slave. Her story was exposed in the British media in the last few weeks and is subject to an ongoing inquiry and court case […]

Human Trafficking is Violence Against Humanity

Fourteen-year old Gudiya Putul is not in Kingston, Jamaica attending the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC), but her name and history were brought to the attention of some IEPC participants Saturday during a workshop about economic injustice and human trafficking. Source: Ekklesia Putul (not her real name) is originally from a village in West Bengal, […]

Sold: An MTV EXIT Special with Lara Dutta

Very few people are actually aware of how large the problem is. Even if people are aware, they generally turn a blind eye towards the entire situation. For this reason, the level of awareness needs to be increased drastically. “Sold: An MTV EXIT Special”, a gripping documentary presented by Indian actress and UNFPA Ambassador, Lara […]

Salaam Bombay! Reviewed

Recently we had the opportunity to watch Salaam Bombay! , a 1988 Hindi film directed by Mira Nair, and screenwritten by her longtime creative collaborator, Sooni Taraporevala.  If, like me, you loved Slumdog Millionaire, I might describe Salaam Bombay! as an early precurser to that more recent commercial success. Salaam Bombay! chronicles the day-to-day life of children […]

180M Children in India “very vulnerable” to Trafficking

Source: Guest Interview with Nishit Kumar Head of Communication and Strategic Initiatives CHILDLINE India Foundation, Mumbai Q) In your opinion, what are the reasons behind the increasing child trafficking in India? A) Nearly 43% of the country’s population is children below 18. Of these, about 40% are marginalised by poverty, illiteracy, exploitation, abuse, disability, […]

Under-age Sex Traffic Booming at Super Bowl

The under-age sex trade was booming at the Super Bowl Sunday.  Pimps trafficked thousands of under-age prostitutes to Texas for yesterday’s Super Bowl, hoping to do business with men arriving for the big game with money to burn. In fact, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest human trafficking events in the United States. From […]

Anuradha Koirala Named ‘CNN Hero’ for 2010 Anti-Human Trafficking

Meet Anuradha Koirala, a crusader known for her anti-human trafficking drive through her non-profit making organisation Maiti Nepal and often labelled the ‘Terminator’ by human traffickers. Maiti has saved more than 12,000 girls from sex slavery and prevented 45,000 children and women from being trafficked at the India-Nepali border. For her untiring efforts, September 5 […]

Child labour – The worst menace of all time

A guest post by Akshay Mahajan at – Child labour, also referred to as child slavery by many, is one of the worst effects of poverty as seen in India and many other countries. What is child labour ? Child labour actually refers to employing children for various tasks at an age when they […]

WikiLeaks Reveals U.S. Funded Child Sex Slavery

The ‘infamous’ Wikileaks has released a cable from Afghanistan revealing U.S. government contractor DynCorp threw a party for Afghan security recruits featuring trafficked boys as the entertainment.  Bacha bazi is the Afghan tradition of “boy play” where young boys are dressed in women’s clothing, dance for leering men, and then sold for sex to the […]

India is a Hub of Child Trafficking, Says State Dept

India is a major hub of human trafficking in forced labor and sexual exploitation, especially of children, noted the U.S. State Department in a report released recently.