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There was a time she had to hide her identity to pursue schooling, but she is now not only looked up to by the sex workers she fights for but is also respected by the common public and the government. Today, she proudly calls herself the “daughter of a brothel”.

Naseema, 28, a social activist from Muzaffarpur’s red-light area — Chaturbhuj Sthan — fought with pimps, police and clerics to convince them that concerted development and special programmes, not “ineffective” government rehabilitation, was the solution to prostitution. Now 50 other girls have quit their profession to join in Naseema’s pursuit.

Their main job is to bring dignity to this oldest human profession. They have started a non government organization called ‘Parcham‘ for their united fight. And to voice their sufferings and concerns they publish India‘s only fully handwritten monthly magazine ‘Jugnu‘ which has found subscribers all over the world. This is a unique magazine published by sex workers.

This film revolves around these girls and their activities. Their personal trauma and redemption. Their rescue of trafficked girls, sending them back home, negotiating with parents when they do not want their child back because of their tainted image, saving the red light districts when villagers with the help of local government tried to eliminate them by setting entire area on fire.


Human Trafficking – “Devadasi” -Where girls in India are dedicated to a goddess for a lifetime ritual prostitution

Human Trafficking – “Devadasi” -Where girls in India are dedicated to a goddess for a lifetime ritual prostitution

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Comments : The practice of “devdasi” is a practice in India where girls are dedicated to goddess yellama for a lifetime ritualized prostitution.

Recently the devadasi system has started to disappear, having been outlawed in all of India in 1988. However, devadasis still exist in India today, as shown in a 2004 report by the National Human Rights Commission of the Government of India. According to this report, “after initiation as devadasis, women migrate either to nearby towns or other far-off cities to practice prostitution” . A study from 1990 recorded that 45.9% of devadasis in one particular district were prostitutes, while most of the others relied on manual labour and agriculture for their income.The practice of dedicating devadasis was declared illegal by the government of the Indian state Karnataka in 1982 and by the government of Andhra Pradesh in 1988. However as of 2006 the practice was still prevalent in around 10 districts of northern Karnataka and 14 districts in Andhra Pradesh. Some 80 to 90% of devadasis belong to scheduled castes.

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On-line Sex Trafficking -When stalkers use this as a weapon

On-line Sex Trafficking -When stalkers use this as a weapon 

We always wonder why we have sex advertisements pop up at our side bars when we browse isn’t it? With a small research on this we were able to find out some incidents of victims who were targeted either by pimps or their ex-boyfriend. Internet has turned out to be an essential tool for the traffickers.

We need to make sure we monitor and control our social link ups in a much secure manner . Or we have clients knock our door down.

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A teacher became concerned about one of her students, and spoke with classmates of the 14-year-old girl who directed the teacher to multiple postings advertising the young girl for commercial sex on Backpage.com.

A man called the hotline from Toledo, OH after his 14-year-old niece had run away from home.  The niece had experienced sexual abuse in the past, and the man was concerned that she might be in trouble.  After speaking with his niece’s teacher, he learned that she may be involved in commercial sex under the control of a potential pimp.  The teacher had spoken with multiple students in the niece’s high school who indicated that the niece had an older boyfriend who sometimes picked her up from school.  The students also directed the teacher to multiple postings advertising the niece for commercial sex on Backpage.com. The postings claimed the niece was an adult.  After trying unsuccessfully to contact his niece via cell phone, the man contacted the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline for advice on how to help his niece. The NHTRC reported the information to a federal anti-trafficking task force. The man called the hotline back a few days later to report that his niece had contacted him from a payphone, since the pimp monitored the niece’s cell phone. Law enforcement was called and the niece was picked up at the payphone and brought back to her home safely.  With the help of the task force and local service providers, the potential victim is currently safe and receiving services, and the pimp has been arrested.

Note : The names aren’t real and has been changed for protection of identity


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The first man who knocked on the Fauquier County woman’s door told her they had been e-mailing and he was there for sex. Shocked and perplexed because they hadn’t corresponded, the woman sent him away.

But the men kept coming. They arrived on her doorstep as many as six times a day, sometimes traveling from other states. One had a crowbar. Others refused to leave. Another rammed his car through a security gate that she installed.

In all, there were about 100. Each said he had communicated with her. All expected sex.

The unrelenting onslaught was organized by an angry ex-boyfriend, who had assumed the woman’s identity online and crowdsourced his harassment to dozens of unwitting accomplices he lured to her home, prosecutors say in court papers.

The case, which goes to trial next month in federal court in Virginia, is among a number around the country in which stalkers are accused of stealing their victim’s online persona and using the power of social media as a weapon.

The Fauquier County woman thought it was only a matter of time before she was assaulted, raped — or worse. She turned her home into a fortress with security cameras, floodlights and a gate.

“I live in fear of anyone coming to my door,” the woman said. “I’m a prisoner in my own home.”

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The Rise of Mobile Phones in Human Trafficking 

Based on the evidence gathered in the previous section, a key finding of this report is that mobile phones play a central role in facilitating potential cases of DMST. Online advertisements for potential DMST victims commonly contain a mobile phone contact number. Logistical information such as time, place, pricing, and types of services are communicated through phone calls or text messages on mobile phones. As an increasing number of websites develop mobile applications, posting of advertisements can be done primarily via mobile phone, as can viewing and responding to these advertisements.

Because the social actors involved in trafficking can use mobile phones to communicate, coordinate, organize, advertise, etc., the information transmitted across mobile networks could serve multiple evidentiary and investigatory purposes. The widespread use of mobile phones can also be utilized for social outreach and interventions.


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