WASHINGTON — A recent hearing before members of the U.S. House of Representatives examined the gender imbalance in India and its connection to human trafficking and mistreatment of women in the country.
“Sex-selective abortion and female infanticide have led to lopsided sex ratios,” said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. “In parts of India, for example, 126 boys are born for every 100 girls.”
“This in turn leads to a shortage of women, which then leads to trafficking in persons, bride selling and prostitution,” he said.
Smith leads the House congressional panel that oversees global health and human rights. He chaired a Sept. 10 hearing on the sex-ratio disparity in India, the first of its...READ MORE