ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Unspoken Voices of Trafficked Women and Children in Manipur

An examination of the phenomenon of trafficking of women and children from Manipur to different parts of India and overseas delves into the reasons for trafficking and addresses the voices of the victims and the types of exploitation. A few crucial aspects that emerge from the study are the voluntary participation of the victims, who trust false promises, in the trafficking rackets; parents and relatives being loath to admit that their children and female relatives have been trafficked because of social stigma and shame; and, that trafficking is about the neglect of girls and women from marginalised tribes and from a region considered important only because of its strategic location.

This study is an outcome of the University Grants Commission Major Research Project (2012–14) in Manipur. This research was aided by Mala Lisham of the Childline India Foundation, Radhapyari of Environment and Economic Management Association, and K Maharabi of United Voluntary Youth Council at Imphal, Manipur. Members of these organisations provided information about community leaders, lists of the villages, towns, and districts of the rescued victims with whom they had interacted, and helped trace and interview the victims.

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