The Ministry of Women and Child Development has reported that in 2016, 19,223 women and children were trafficked in India constituting a rise of almost 25% from the previous year.
Further it is estimated that West Bengal accounts for about 42% of all trafficking cases given its geographic location near the borders of Nepal and Bangladesh. Within Bengal, South 24 Parganas features among the top five districts in terms of trafficking.
It is estimated that 70 % of households in India don’t have access to toilets and roughly 60 % of the country’s 1.2 billion people defecate in open spaces. This disproportionately affects women.
The lack of access to clean toilets in rural areas, is a large factor in children especially girls dropping out of school, or not going to school at all which increases their chances of getting trafficked.