India, Pakistan top traffickers in women
By Khalid Hasan
Washington: Pakistan has been listed as one of the key source of trafficking of women in a United Nations report. The report says that India has emerged as a key destination and transit point for global trafficking of women and girls. Besides India, other sources of human trafficking are: Pakistan, Thailand, China and Cambodia. According to the United Nations Population Fund report ‘State of World Population’, “India and Pakistan are major destinations for trafficked women and girls and also transit points into the Middle East.” Human trafficking is the third most lucrative illicit business in the world after arms and drugs and a major source of organised crime revenue. The industry generates an estimated $7 billion to $12 billion annually and according to the International Labor Organization, traffickers net an additional $32 billion a year once the victims are in the destination country. In the South Asia, illegal trading of children is “an extension of a serious child labor problem, which includes exploitation of girls for domestic work”, the report says. Southeast Asia and South Asia are home to the largest number of internationally trafficked people, an estimated 2.5 million and 1.5 million respectively.
Source: Daily Times