Trafficking survivors want more focus on justice than their testimonies

As scattered groups across the country come together under one forum, bringing the trafficker into the dock will be the most critical challenge

Ritwik Sharma
Forced labour is rampant at brick kilns across the country

Forced labour is rampant at brick kilns across the country

A 25-year-old woman from a village in Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, had once aspired to be an engineer. After being trafficked and getting exploited as a factory worker and later rescued by an NGO, she only wishes to reach out to the government at the Centre and encourage others like her across India to fight a colossal crime that the society ignores.
After passing Class XII, her father, an alcoholic, discouraged her from enrolling in a college. A neighbour lured her to join a textile factory in Coimbatore, with the promise of a 9-to-5 job that could allow her to independently pursue higher education. But it proved to be hellish. The factory employed nearly 4,000 women workers, most of whom, she says, were trafficked from the southern states. Working for more than 12 hours a day, the women routinely faced sexual harassment in the factory — that lacked the legally mandated internal complaints committee — and were kept like captives in a hostel.

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First Published: Dec 07 2019 | 9:42 PM IST

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