In this context, Consul General of Sweden in Mumbai Ms. Ulrika Sundberg stated, “Trafficking is a modern form of slavery and children and women are exploited in ways more than one like forced labor, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, camel jockeys, criminal activity such as pick pocketing, begging, transporting drugs amongst others. Since 2000, human trafficking is an international crime and criminalized at the national level.
Sweden is the first country in the world to criminalize the purchase, and not the selling, of sexual services in 1999. The goal is to address the demand side of the equation and trafficking for commercial or sexual purposes. The ban on the purchase of sexual services is intended to bring about a fundamental shift in societal attitudes. We consider the women and the girl or boy child as victims of exploitation and abuse, not as perpetrators. When it comes to formulating effective measures to combat human trafficking, sensitization and a broad knowledge base is crucial. ‘Missing game’ is a great initiative and a wonderful attempt to expose the dark world of human trafficking and raise awareness across society.”