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According to the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in persons, trafficking means the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.

Trafficking in persons, especially boys, girls and women, has become rampant over the past two decades all over the world. The manner and methods are surreptitious and clandestine. For this reason, no definite data is obtainable. Trafficking and sexual exploitation is said to be the third biggest industry after arms dealing and drug peddling, which generates $7 billion each year. India is both a receiving and a transit point for Bangladeshi and Nepali girls. The nature and extent of trafficking in South Asia is alarming. Often, family members and relatives are also involved in this, apart from the traffickers.

The traffickers lure victims through attractive promises such as high paying jobs, prosperity, glamorous employment options, marriage, etc. The border checkpoints are dispersed and are few in number. The smuggling of migrants and trafficked persons are widespread and unbridled. Driven by a strong profit motive and fear of being intercepted, the routes and means are frequently changed.

There have been evident links between trafficking and migration. Internally displaced persons are also vulnerable to trafficking. Feminisation of poverty in South Asia is accompanied by the feminisation of survival strategies. In spite of women's involvement in the economy increasing, their contribution to the GDP is falling - leading to economic marginalization. Usually, gender-based wage differences and harassment of employers have not been addressed till date.

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