People Against Bride Trafficking

An initiative of EMPOWER PEOPLE (


Human trafficking is an unacceptable violation of fundamental human rights, an affront to human dignity and a serious crime. It is a complex international phenomenon and as such needs to be addressed with a global, comprehensive approach. Its multi-dimensionality requires coordination and a multi-agency approach at different levels (national, regional, international). 

The business of ‪marriage matching or ‪bride trade (trafficking) is not different from sex ‪trafficking because it treats women as a commodity to be sold to some unknown men and their purpose is not to find lifetime loving partners but to arrange a wife to be treated as a sex object, domestic worker and all-around slave. And the most painful part of the whole bride business is that it is also a new form of child marriage which has emerged in a wide scale. ‪Bride-Trafficking systematically violates‪ women’s ‪‎human ‪rights including the rights to life and security of persons. It places women in ganger of physical abuse and deprives them of bodily integrity. they are kept in villages or form houses and prevented from leaving or even communicating with their families back home. Their freedom from slavery and abuse is violated as a trafficked bride becomes the slave of the man who “buys” her.  

Our involvement is based on the desire to contribute to the development of consistent and effective anti-trafficking policies based on a human rights, gender, age, and cultural sensitive approach and with a multi-stakeholder, holistic, and integrated perspective. We hope to contribute to evidence based policy making in the area.


Raising awareness of the differences (albeit the potential overlaps) between human trafficking and Bride smuggling. 

Ongoing monitoring of human trafficking across India

Ongoing monitoring of human trafficking policies and prevalence in Malta and across the European Union  

Trafficking Policy Assessment Framework - the development of a policy analysis tool to assess national and regional efforts to combat human trafficking.  

Building capacity by sharing knowledge, research and information with all relevant stakeholders

March Against Bride Trafficking 2012

Finally, the community comes together to stand up against the Bride trafficking. Today there are about 500 community groups having more than 5,000 such community members. The high way of in- country trafficking especially for bride trafficking starts from Assam and West Bengal and goes down to the capital of the country.  The mobilisation of the community is very encouraging outcome of the 16 day march started on 1st March 2012. The March had covered 4,400 odd km travelling through 21 districts of the two states. Download Report