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International Family Law

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22 MAY 2012

India - Merchants of death

Anil Malhotra

Sad but true, human smuggling is a trade in which Indian youth have been bought and sold as literal slaves like any other commercial merchandise recently in Iraq. These horror stories emerged recently when about 15 Indian youth returned from Baghdad to recount these chilling and shocking stories. Baffling and mesmerising, these are not movie stories but are real life accounts which hit you beyond oblivion.

Gullible, semi-literate, economically weak and under-privileged youths are tempted by human trafficking agents with promises of dollars and rich fortunes to go abroad. They sell ancestral lands, mortgage family property, pawn jewellery and force family members to incur loans for financing the foreign trip of their dreams. Destination nowhere is all set. The purpose is earning wealth. The means to secure foreign passage is immaterial. The trafficking agents extract and extort full advance payment in cash and sell them to death merchants while these gullible youths are still lost in their dreams of foreign pastures.

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