Global monitoring report on the status of action against commercial sexual exploitation of children – India
The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in India exists on a large scale and in many forms. One of its main manifestations is the trafficking in children for commercial sexual exploitation, and India is a significant source, destination and transit country in this regard.
Ongoing conflicts and lack of livelihood options, combined with the high profit of brothel owners fuelled by the demand for young girls (possibly resulting from the fear of contracting HIV/AIDS from older and more experienced girls) have contributed to the increase in trafficking over the years. Children are trafficked into India from Bangladesh and Nepal, and through India to Pakistan and the Middle East. Though the exact numbers are not known, it is estimated that between 5,000 and 7,000 Nepalese girls are trafficked into India for sexual exploitation every year.