Human Trafficking


The truth about human trafficking and the work of Tiny Hands: 

Slavery is not a thing of the past:  The most recent estimates hold that there are nearly 36 million slaves in the world today--more than any time in history.  Over half of these are in South Asia (India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan), and much of the work of Tiny Hands International is based here for this reason.  Most trafficking victims are subjected to the worst conditions and several of the most horrific crimes including deception, kidnapping, rape, torture, and enslavement.

Although there are many types of slavery in this region, there is perhaps none so common, nor so insidious, as the trafficking of Nepali and Bangladeshi women and children into the Indian sex industry.  An estimated 30,000 women and children are trafficked into India from Nepal and Bangladesh every year - with the average age being 15.  Girls are forced or deceived (often with promises of money and marriage) to leave their homes, sold, raped, tortured, and imprisoned.  Those who do not succumb to disease or violence are seen as outcasts and rejected by their own communities even if they manage to escape.

The Tiny Hands transit monitoring programs have prevented thousands of women and children from a life of torture and unimaginable brutality.  Crucial Parts of the Tiny Hands Anti-Trafficking Strategy include border and transit monitoring, data collection and analysis, prosecutions, and intelligence led investigations.