Indian non-profit organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) or Save the Childhood Movement released a new public service message to mark the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.”
A leading name in the campaign to eliminate child trafficking and child labor in India, BBA calls for punitive measures against underage prostitution in a powerful video uploaded on YouTube earlier this month.
“Every day in India, almost forty girls under the age of fifteen, are forced into prostitution,” BBA states. “This film suggests a simple way by which we can help stop this inhuman practice.”
In the video, a young girl is shown reluctantly getting into a car with a stranger while passersby stare and do nothing to help her out. At the end of the video, BBA urges people not to “look away” and call the organization’s helpline for assistance.
According to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, there are over 3 million female sex workers in India and almost 1.2 million children are involved in underage prostitution.
In an interview to Wall Street Journal, founder of BBA, Kailash Satyarthi said that India doesn’t have strong laws on child trafficking. Because of certain social taboos, local governments mostly refuse to acknowledge that they have a serious problem of child abuse. He added that the enforcement of laws has always been ineffective.
“They have a law on immoral trafficking and that is basically for adult trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation and so on. But when we or someone else is able to rescue trafficked children from bondage and child labor, then only they admit. So the denial is still a big problem in many cases. Whatever laws are there, they’re not implemented. Overall, we don’t see that political will which is needed for the largest democracy in the world to combat this kind of social menace and crime,” Satyarthi was quoted as saying.
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