Traffickers are promising young Indian girls a trip to the Taj Mahal in order to lure them into sex slavery. Rishi Kant, of anti-trafficking charity Shakti Vahini, said 15 girls and young women were last week rescued from a brothel in the northern city of Agra, home to the 17th century white marble mausoleum which draws millions of tourists annually. With police, we conducted a raid and found the six girls, and nine others. They had been confined there for two months and forced to have sex with customers. They said they had gone with the trafficker as he promised to take them to see the Taj. In March, six girls from impoverished villages fell victims to the scam. They were taken to Delhi, then to Agra where they were sold to a brothel. Freedom United will protect your privacy while updating you on campaigns, news and stories about modern slavery. Skip to content. Back to Global News.
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Human traffickers in India are luring village girls into sex slavery with promises of visiting the Taj Mahal, a charity said on Monday, as criminal gangs find new ways to enslave the poor. Rishi Kant, of anti-trafficking charity Shakti Vahini, said 15 girls and young women were last week rescued from a brothel in the northern city of Agra, home to the 17th century white marble mausoleum which draws millions of tourists annually. They had been confined there for two months and forced to have sex with customers. They said they had gone with the trafficker as he promised to take them to see the Taj. These criminal gangs are very clever; using new ways to cheat poor, illiterate communities. Almost 46 million people are enslaved worldwide - trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude - according to the Global Slavery Index. Forty per cent, or more than 18 million, are in India. Many are from poor rural regions and lured with the promise of good jobs or marriage but end up sold into prostitution, domestic work, or industries such as brick kilns or textile units. We need to know about these methods and incorporate them into our public awareness work. They were initially taken to Delhi where they were kept in a small flat for six days and then transported to Agra in Uttar Pradesh state - km miles from the capital - where they were sold to a brothel, he added.
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