Human Trafficking of Domestic Workers in India

in Transnational Crime

Law enforcement agencies in India rescued 126,331 child trafficking victims in 2011-2012 from domestic work situations across the country. The number of children rescued was 27 percent higher than the previous year.

In terms of all human trafficking cases, the National Crime Records Bureau recorded 3,517 incidents of human trafficking within India in 2011. In the previous year, 3,422 incidents were recorded.

There are an estimated 90 million domestic workers across the country. In Delhi alone, there are 2,300 placement agencies that provide domestic workers to households. Only one-sixth of those agencies are legitimate employers, leading officials to conclude that many domestic workers fall victim to human trafficking.

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Source:  Nita Bhalla, “Trafficked maids to order: The darker side of richer India,” Reuters, December 3, 2012.

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