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Woman trafficking to India on the rise


Growing presence of women from Bangladesh in India’s infamous flesh trade has set alarm bells ringing in the country’s home ministry, adding to the headache of diplomats from Dhaka. ‘We are aware of the involvement of Bangladeshi women in India’s flesh trade. We are working on a strategy to stop this racket,’ a senior diplomat in the Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi has said.

But he was not willing to be named. Official records suggest there are around 180 Bangladeshi girls rescued from brothels in Mumbai and 80 from those in Delhi, who are now languishing in different rescue (shelter) homes in these two Indian cities.

During the last three years, more than 150 Bangladeshi women have been repatriated from India after they were rescued from red-light areas in Indian metros. Elaborating on the issue of the involvement of Bangladeshi women in the flourishing trade, he said, ‘They are victims of human trafficking.’ Officials say the porous India-Bangladesh border is one of the major factors for a rise in women trafficking through the frontier. Both the countries share 4,096 km international border.

Five states including West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram share their boundary with Bangladesh.

‘On several occasions when we interacted with these hapless women from Bangladesh, we were told that they were victims of human trafficking,’ said Subir Roy, a member of a Delhi-based NGO-Shakti Vahini. ‘They are easily trapped by the traffickers, who lure them on the pretext of giving good jobs in India’s metros,’ he said. In September last year, a 20-year old Bangladeshi woman, having valid passport, was rescued from a hotel in Haryana. ‘When we came to know about the woman we took the help of anti-trafficking unit of the Delhi police and rescued the woman from a posh hotel in Haryana,’ said Roy. The woman was later sent to Dhaka by the Bangladesh High Commission in Delhi, according to

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