Sex Slavery in India: Unpacking the Stories of Trafficking Victims

Pandey, Madhumita (2016) Sex Slavery in India: Unpacking the Stories of Trafficking Victims. Sociology Study, 6 (10). pp. 629-638. ISSN 2159-5526

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While there is no consensus on the number of domestic sex trafficking victims in India, the phenomenon is estimated to be widespread and the evidence of its impact on victims is devastating. This paper explored the narratives of 10 sex trafficked women from a major non‐government organization in New Delhi. Qualitative methodology was adopted and data were collected through open‐ended unstructured interviews. The victimological paradigm including the Lifestyle Risk Model (LRM) by Van der Hoven and Maree provided the framework to discuss the key issues related to sex trafficking. Psychological experiences such as being abused by husbands, and in some cases, victims’ own families; social conditions such as poverty and education; cultural practices such as vulnerability of women and marginalization; and lifestyle risk factors were observed throughout the stories of the victims. Furthermore, shame was found to be the core emotion in the stigmatization process. Limitations and future directions are also discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: sex trafficking, prostitution, India, women, sexual Abuse, shame
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Miss Madhumita Pandey
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 08:40
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:59

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