HYDERABAD: India has the highest number of forced labour in the world, with about 18 million children and adults being victims of modern slavery, says a survey conducted by the Global Slavery Index 2016, published by the Walk Free Foundation.
The annual US Congress-mandated report on human trafficking placed India in the tier-2 category, which includes countries that have failed to effectively combat the problem. India has maintained its position at the tier-2 level since 2011. The report contends that India still did not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking. In 2016, the report had noted that India had become “a source, destination and transit country for men, women and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking”.
Telangana itself has become not only a state sending trafficked woman to other countries but also an international destination. Women from North Indian states and West Bengal were rescued in the city in the past.
Women from Tanzania, Azerbaijan, Nepal, Uzbekistan and Thailand too were rescued in the city recently....