The Most Dangerous Countries for Women? Try India

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[What are the most dangerous countries for women in the world? In a new poll by TrustLaw Women, Afghanistan and Congo predictably topped the list because of their atrocious records of violence, poverty, and rape. But the stunning fact that India made the list has sparked controversy. Lisa Andersen at TrustLaw, a legal news service run by the Thomas Reuters Foundation, offers a chilling look at the poll. -Mona]

She writes:

In 2009, India's then-Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta estimated that 100 million people, mostly women and girls, were involved in trafficking in India that year.

"The practice is common but lucrative so it goes untouched by government and police," said Cristi Hegranes, founder of the Global Press institute, which trains women in developing countries to be journalists.

India's Central Bureau of Investigation estimated that in 2009 about 90 percent of trafficking took place within the country and that there were some 3 million prostitutes, of which about 40 percent were children.

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