Accepted paper:

TRAFFICKING OF WOMEN IN ASSAM, INDIA: STATUS AND CHALLANGES

Author:

Pranjal Boruah (Dibru College, Dibrugarh)

Paper short abstract:

Trafficking of women has increased significantly over the past two decades both globally and in South Asian countries. Trafficking in India occurs both across the borders as well within borders among the states and districts.

Paper long abstract:

Connected to mainland India by the thin 'chicken neck' area - the peculiar geographical location of Assam makes it more vulnerable to infiltration and insurgency resulting in slow economic growth. Over the decades, Assam has witnessed large scale migration of the local population to the comparatively richer parts of the country. The growing need for better livelihood options and employment has turned Assam into a fertile place for human traffickers and in the past few years, thousands of young men and women of the state have fallen prey to the designs of traffickers. Women and girls are trafficked within the country for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced marriage. In this paper an attempt has been made to highlight the present scenario of trafficking of women in Assam. The data has been collected by visiting IGP, CID Headquarter Assam and the leading NGOs working in this field. The paper reveals the last five years records on trafficking of women in Assam and the role of Assam Police and the N.G.Os on this issue and their success and failure. The paper also includes a few suggestions on the future strategy for the entire improvement of this issue.

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