Time to take a stand

Sex-trafficking is the sexual exploitation of a human being for money. It comes to pass when a person is sold, often by her own family members/persons of trust and is forced into sexual labour. Sex-trafficking is a long-standing and deep-rooted evil which will take a lot of collective effort and time to effectively end it. It requires wide-spread dedication of as many people as possible. Here are some ways in which as an individual, you could help the fight against sex-trafficking:

Be alert to your surroundings

Often, these things happen right under our noses and we miss the signs because of our ignorance. When outside, we should stay attentive to indications of potential victims. Some obvious signs are body injuries and extremely submissive behaviour. If you suspect that something could be wrong, make sure to inform the relevant authorities immediately – the police and women and children helplines.

Address the Root Cause

The final act of trafficking can be traced back to the mentality of the people, which goes back many centuries. It all starts in the mind. For this reason, it is important to refuse to participate in and discourage activities which discriminate women. Even small things like preferring and favouring the boy child over the girl child creates an impression of inferiority of the girl child. When the woman is considered inferior, it makes people think they can use them however they want and that their lives are less meaningful. Age-old practices such as sati and dowry, which are degrading to women, also play a role in influencing the mind in a negative way. By refusing to condone these things, one can help change the mindset of the society.

Say NO to Pornography

Pornography has become increasingly accessible over the years to people of all ages. For this reason, it is easy for it to negatively influence a large number of people. Not only is the majority of what is shown fantasy and unrealistic, it also depicts women in a very degrading manner. All this plays on the minds of people, giving ideas that women are not more than sex slaves who should always submit to men.

Support Organisations

You can support organisations that fight sex-trafficking by volunteering with them and helping to rescue and support the victims of trafficking. These organisations also help with the conviction and punishment of the perpetrators which will ultimately cause the deterrence of this crime.

These are just a few things that can be done to combat sex-trafficking but even these small things can make a huge impact in the lives of the people who are forced into it.

Author: Manisha Deborah Chandrasekhar
Manisha is a first year student of law and currently interning with Freedom Firm