Trafficking & Migration


Trafficking in persons is considered as the second largest organised crime in India. There were 1714 registered cases of persons trafficked in India in 2020, according to the National Crime Record Bureau. Independent reports estimate that in India there are currently 8 million people trapped in trafficking. The National Crime Record Bureau (2020) also states that 778,379 persons are missing.

Video Volunteers has been running a campaign since 2010 to raise awareness, device community solutions, report on and end human trafficking.

In addition to reporting on cases of trafficking, we draw the attention of the right officials and work in tandem with local organisations and families of the victims to get justice and compensation, from the remote areas of India. We also conduct village-level screenings and community meetings in Jharkhand and West Bengal, two areas of the country where trafficking is extremely high. This has resulted in multiple impacts including 40 people rescued from trafficking as of mid-2022.

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Combating Human Trafficking

/ May 14, 2019

Video-talks about trafficking are encouraging communities to be more vigilant.

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Gaya’s Village of Migrant Workers

/ October 16, 2018

Out of the 132 families in this Bihar village, at least hundred have seen their younger members migrate in search of work, but not necessarily a better life.

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Human Trafficking Racket Brought to a Halt

/ March 28, 2018

When Navita Devi uncovered a massive trafficking racket in Katihar, Bihar, she was threatened by the traffickers and the local village council leader. But thanks to her persistence, a woman responsible for trafficking over a 100 people is finally behind bars.  Janki Kumari was a student in the sixth grade...

Police Apathy and Stigma: Why Human Trafficking in India Continues Unabated

/ July 19, 2017

Everyday over 400 women and children go missing in India. Most of them remain untraced.

Escape from Trafficking: 16 year old rescued from trafficking racket

/ September 17, 2015

Behulia Paharin of Boriya village, Sahebgani went missing in May 2014. Correspondent Shikha made a video about the issue and showed it to Boriya police officers but no action was taken.

Where are our women disappearing? – Shikha Paharin Reports for IndiaUnheard

/ August 3, 2015

Behulia Paharin of Boriya village in Sahebganj District went missing in May 2014. She was taken to Gurgaon and made to do household work along with 3 more kids. Correspondent Shikha made a video about the issue and showed it to the Police officers at Boriyo but no action was...

12 Rescued from Bonded Labour

/ February 28, 2014

On a July afternoon in VV’s Goa office, a phone call rudely interrupted the rain soaked stupor of the office. IU Community Correspondent Shanti Baraik was in town and needed help rescuing twelve people working as bonded labourers in Margao, in South Goa. Bonded labour, if you believe the Government...

Trafficking: The Dark Side of Migration

/ November 26, 2010

The phenomenon of human trafficking for bonded labour rears its ugly head in many rural areas in Jharkhand.