Trafficking of young boys for prostitution is on the rise with tourism hotspots like Kerala emerging as the new attraction for paedophiles, says a report on Status of Indian Children, released on eve of the first National Girl Child Day.
“With the increase of paedophilia as part of sex tourism, the demand for boys is rising,” the report said.
There are, however, no major studies to understand the magnitude of the problem, as male prostitution is an underground and clandestine activity in India. While Goa has been a major destination for some years now, Kerala is emerging as the preferred destination for pedophiles.
“There have been reports of increase in number of boys being trafficked to Kerala to become part of sex trade,” said Bharati Ali of HAQ, Centre for Child Rights, the NGO that brought out the report.
Chiding the government, the report said, “Unlike Sri Lanka and Thailand, this problem has not been seriously tackled or discussed in India and has more or less shrouded in secrecy”.