Dynamics of Child Labor Trafficking in Southeast Asia: India

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Human trafficking is perceived to be a “moral evil” obligating every state to prevent and protect the current and future victims. Such an obligation attains higher priority when victims are children. There is a global consensus that child trafficking is one of the most inhumane forms of trafficking where children are traded as commodities to be exploited for labor and sex. This chapter discusses the current state of child trafficking. It focuses on children who are trafficked and forced to perform jobs well beyond their physical capacities jeopardizing their well-being. The chapter reviews general forms of child trafficking globally, and then it moves into the discussion of child trafficking for labor in Southeast Asia – India. It discusses some of the underlying factors such as culture, economics, and social structure that perpetuate such practices despite local and international prevention and control efforts. The chapter closes with a discussion of some of the strategies and suggestions for the protection of children’s rights and prevention of child labor trafficking.


Child exploitation Child labor Trafficking India Southeast Asia Well-being Sex Soldiers Forced labor International Prevention Culture Social structure 


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  1. 1.Florida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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