The Crisis We Face
Leeza is a Manager in the Anti-Human Trafficking & Migration Team at Caritas India. She's seen the impact that climate change has had on human trafficking and the ease with which vulnerable people can be forced into modern day slavery.
"In India, the combined effects of climate change, erosion, flooding and extreme poverty, make it relatively easy for traffickers to lure women and children from poor and vulnerable communities into forced prostitution, marriage and child labour.
"Regular flooding is not only eroding people’s land and livelihoods, but the social fabric of these communities. The dire circumstances force most families to send their young children away, to work in factories or in cities, where they are increasingly vulnerable to traffickers."