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An Epidemic Problem

Every year, as many as 20,000 girls from the poorest parts of Nepal are trafficked – lured by the false promises of illegal human traders. These girls, some as young as nine, end up in Indian brothels or as domestic servants in countries as far away as the Middle East. They are slaves, manipulated and controlled for the benefit of their handlers. Many are HIV positive within two years, and dead before they reach twenty.

 

 

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Slavery Is No Myth

Sources estimate that globally at least 800,000 people are trafficked across borders each year.  This figure is most likely just a fraction of the real number. Anyone who is held or forced to work against their will is considered a trafficking victim.

Poor, uneducated, ethnically marginalized people are the first choice for exploitive employers.  A 2006 survey conducted in Thailand on attitudes towards foreign migrant workers revealed very clearly that Thais did not believe foreigners deserve the same pay or working conditions.

 


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India has estimated the total number of child laborers ages 5–14 to be 12.6 million.  The child labor problem is not unique to India; worldwide, about 215 million children work, many full time.