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GKREPORTSTHE HINDU : SEPTEMBER 2019

Women Involved in Trafficking : STUDY

Study on the profile of persons accused in trafficking

Study on the profile of persons accused in trafficking

Context: A recent study has been conducted on the profile of persons accused in trafficking in almost 200 cases in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

Organizations such as HELP from Andhra PradeshGoranbose Gram Bikash Kendra (GGBK) from West Bengal and Partners for Anti-Traficcking (PAT), which is a consortium of eight community-based organizations in Bengal have collaborated together to conduct the study.

Highlights of the Study

The study revealed that of about 200 cases of trafficking in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, about 1/3rd of them are women.

The study also revealed that the largest group of the traffickers (34%, or 148) were neighbours, while 31% were completely unknown to the survivors.


Of the 198 cases which were analyzed during the study — in which the names of 429 accused have figured — only one trafficker from the source area was convicted. In the same way, in all the cases analysed, only two other traffickers were convicted from the destination area as per the study.

The study highlighted a lack of legal support to survivors and a prolonged trial which provides impunity to the traffickers.

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