NEW DELHI - Of an estimated 20 million commercial sex workers in India , 16 million women and girls are victims of sex trafficking, according to non-governmental organisations.
According to Indian government data, less than half of the more than 8,000 human trafficking cases reported in 2016 were filed in court by the police and the conviction rate in cases that did go to trial was 28 percent.
The 2017 Trafficking in Persons report by the U.S. State Department stated that victim identification and protection in India is "inadequate and inconsistent".
Campaigners welcomed court verdict against den owners, saying it should encourage other victims to come forward.
"It is heartening to see that more and more survivors of trafficking are coming forward in their fight for justice leading to more convictions," said Adrian Phillips, legal head of the anti-trafficking charity Justice and Care.