India: A dangerous place for women

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India is reported to be the fourth most dangerous place for women in the world, based on the high number of female feticide, infanticide and human trafficking prevalence. While it is difficult to get exact figures on trafficking and prostitution in India, it is estimated that:

  • Every year, 1.7 trillion Rupees profits are made from all forms of trafficking (forced labour and sexual exploitation).1
  • Every year, nearly 2 million people are trafficked for sexual exploitation;2 of these, the vast majority are female3, and over half are aged 12-16.4
  • Every year, 1 million children are exploited by the global commercial sex trade.5
  • In India, the median age of entry into prostitution is 11,6 with girls 10-12 in highest demand.7
  • Every year, about 1 person is convicted for 800 people trafficked.8

1. International Labor Organization (ILO), 2005,
2. UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), 2012,
3. UNODC, 2012,
4. ILO, 2005
5. US Department of State, 2005, 6Institute of Social Sciences, India, 2004,
7. Save the Children India, 2006
8. UNODC, 2010