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01 January 1970, 01:00

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In 2010, Cyclone Laila destroyed 20,000 hectares of crops and forced 50,000 people from their homes in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. However, fears also surfaced of increased trafficking of young people.

Ed Kiernan travelled out in July 2010 to investigate the issue. Around 40 per cent of all young people trafficked in the world are from India; of those, around 60 per cent come from Andhra Pradesh. But it is not the region’s sole problem.

A lack of education and job opportunities – particularly for females – has led to poverty and sex work; a factor that has supported the booming child trafficking industry as their families and the authorities fail to offer proper protection.

Part of Community Channel’s Human Cargo season:

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