Destiny is immune to scrutiny, we as humans do not know what is going to be the next phase in our life, there are a lot of twists and turns that occur in our life. Sometimes we plan the things but nothing goes according to that, destiny punches us hard sometimes and it becomes hard to realize whether we are living in a real world or hallucinating. Every next phase of your life demands a better and confident version of you! We make short term plans and long term plans but one incident changes everything and puts a kibosh on our plans, no matter what you have to get up, dress up and face the music and dance to the beats of life. You are not a tree or mountain you have to make moves to be alive. This is the spirit of life, no matter what, you have to move on!
Suhani, a very bright and beautiful girl completed her masters in Business Administration, she passed with a distinction and was very much positive about her future. She had very high goals in life, she wanted to get some experience with a job and then start a business of her own. This was her childhood dream; she always wanted to be an entrepreneur! After she completed her degree, she started hunting for jobs. She got some offers but they did not suit her profile, day by day she was losing her confidence and thought of doing some other online courses. She updated her biodata on all job portals and spent most of her time in mailing CV‘s to reputed companies. One day she got a call from a consultant for an interview, it came as a breather to her, and she prepared herself well for the said interview. Next day she went to the particular consultant for interview, she put on her best smile and confidence; she entered the office and could see a man in his mid thirties sitting on the other side of the chair. The interview lasted for more than twenty minutes and she was offered a job in Delhi.
She had no fears of doing a job in National Capital as she had been to various cities before and lived on her own. She packed her bags and left. On reaching there, a person was waiting to pick her up from the airport as promised by her consultant. They left the place and headed towards the hotel where she was supposed to stay for a day. On reaching there, she was directed to go to the room
specifically booked for her; she went to the room and rested for a while. Few hours later she could hear some noises; she came out of the room and saw a very disturbing scene, this so called hotel was a brothel instead where girls from different regions were tricked into trafficking by giving them fake lucrative job offers. She was made to inhale some strong gas and fainted. When Suhani regained consciousness, she saw herself in a dingy room with a fat, aged man. She cried and pleaded him to spare her; he was indifferent to her screams and gave her a good thrashing. Suhani‘s parents, clueless of her whereabouts informed the police who took a week to trace her. They arrested the consultant and put a raid on that hotel. All the biggies of this ugly trade got arrested and more than 30 girls were released. They went back to their respective homes, some went to rehab and few others ended up having worst mental disorders.
P.S: Due to growing unemployment in the nation, people are doing very miniscule jobs for money, others like Suhani have to shift to some other cities, it is the responsibility of parents and victims to carefully study the background of people who promise them jobs and inform the police about same. The Government of India penalizes trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation through the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA). Prescribed penalty under the ITPA – ranging from seven years’ to life imprisonment – are sufficiently stringent and commensurate with those for other grave crimes. India also prohibits bonded and
forced labor through the Bonded Labor Abolition Act, the Child Labor Act, and the Juvenile Justice Act. Indian authorities also use Sections 366(A) and 372 of the Indian Penal Code, prohibiting kidnapping and selling minors into prostitution respectively, to arrest traffickers. Penalties under these provisions are a maximum
of ten years’ imprisonment and a fine. Bonded labor and the movement of sex trafficking victims, may occasionally be facilitated by corrupt officials. They protect brothels that exploit victims, and protect traffickers and brothel keepers from arrest and other threats of enforcement.
Excerpts from Book TEARFUL PAGES authored by Azra Mufti, a freelance columnist having written more than 100 articles for various domestic and national dailies, currently working as an assistant professor in CGC Landran Mohali.