- India has the highest number of forced labour in the world, with about 18 million children and adults being victims of modern slavery, says a survey conducted by the Global Slavery Index 2016, published by the Walk Free Foundation.
- The annual US Congress-mandated report on human trafficking placed India in the tier-2 category, which includes countries that have failed to effectively combat the problem. India has maintained its position at the tier-2 level since 2011.
- The report contends that India still did not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.
- In 2016, the report had noted that India had become “a source, destination and transit country for men, women and children subjected to forced labour and sex trafficking”.
- Telangana itself has become not only a state sending trafficked woman to other countries but also an international destination. Women from North Indian states and West Bengal were rescued in the city in the past.
- Women from Tanzania, Azerbaijan, Nepal, Uzbekistan and Thailand too were rescued in the city recently.