The cases of flesh trade are growing in the state of Goa, and obviously, there is involvement of people from outside the Goa. Many human traffickers from various states in India targets Goa as one of the prime sources of business. Goa being one of the major tourism destinations in India people from another part of the country comes here to gambling and other leisure activities. Buying sex is one of them. How the flesh trade is growing in the state and who are responsible for it? Read the complete report here.
According to one of the leading NGO dealing with the flesh trade and prostitution in the state has quoted in the media that, Delhi, the capital city of India is one of the primary sources of flesh trade in Goa. Delhi businesspeople already started investing into the various business activities such as constructions, casinos, and hotels long back in the state. The news of Delhi emerging at a major source of flesh trade in Goa could be another addition to it. ARZ (Anyay Rahit Zindagi) NGO has made a compilation of the data according to which the vulnerable girls from Delhi are lured to Goa in the name of better employment opportunities, and they are later commercially and sexually exploited.
Based on the information made available by ARZ director Arun Pandey, during last two and half years approximately 200 girls have been rescued in Goa (these numbers does not contain the figure of not rescued that is claimed to be very high) out of which 20 were from Delhi. “The number (of victims) is gradually rising,” says ARZ director Arun Pandey referring to the figures of previous five years (2010 to 2014) wherein of the 300 rescued victims 12 were from Delhi. “There is an organized racket between Delhi and Goa for trafficking of girls for prostitution,” he added.
“In most of the cases, the traffickers in Goa have been arrested, but the traffickers in Delhi have not been arrested. The same traffickers have been found to be trafficking girls to Goa,” claimed Pandey. According to the sources, ARZ is nodal NGO of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Goa police. A senior police officer who was part of various raids confirmed that Delhi is one of the major areas from where traffickers operate. Given this, ARZ has now written to the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal requesting him to prevent trafficking of vulnerable girls from Delhi, to initiate action against the organized rackets in Delhi and to rehabilitate those rescued in Goa. ARZ has also written to the chairperson of Delhi State Women Commission Swati Mahiwal in this regard.
ARZ is working on the issue of combating human trafficking for CSE since 1998. “We are closely working with the government and non-government agencies in different source areas such as West Bengal, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Maharashtra, Karnataka to control trafficking of persons to Goa for CSE,” said Pandey adding. “Trafficking cannot be controlled unless there is a collaboration between government and non-government agencies in source, transit and destination areas/states.”
Mr. Pandey further made some shocking revelations about this business referring to the statistics that he has with him. According to him, the majority of girls come from the working background, and they have been forced into the prostitution business. “Majority of the girls trafficked from Delhi include those who were working in catering industry while some of them were into ‘dancing’ (non-professional). The agents target these girls and lure them with the promise of better opportunities in Goa”. Pandey said adding that most of these victims are found belonging to dysfunctional families.
According to Mr. Pandey, all the girls trafficked from Delhi to Goa, travel by flight. The traffickers book the flight tickets, and the details are messaged to pimp/agent. “Once in Goa, a taxi driver who is part of the network picks them from the airport in Goa. The girls are then taken to a flat, hotel, or bungalow to stay,” said Pandey. According to Pandey, the girls are mostly not informed that they are bound for flesh trade. “When they refuse, they are asked to repay the flight ticket money and other expenses incurred by them, which most often they are unable to pay and finding no other option succumb to the demands of the traffickers,” informed Pandey.