In november 2012 , there was a case of a christian priest from Kottayam who runs a five star female brothal in Italy. In the same manner, Young men of kerala are transfered abroad by the foriegn tourists in the name of tourism and world tour. They are being driven into the blue film markets and Cabaret dance bars . The level of male trafficking reaches its peak in tourist season from january to march.
Majority of boys are sent to Italy, portugal, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Australia and Thailand. And they are trained to act as male escorts for female tourists. In thiruvananthapuram and Kochi, these male escorts wear the gown of travel guides. The main chain operators in all these cases are foriegn tourists. They book men using the online booking facility by the male escort agencies and escort them at the home stays. The male escorting is widely popular in beach resorts and notorious homestays in the state. There is deep rooted rackets to supply them as well.
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Majority victims amoung the other state workers are from Karnataka and maharashtra. The accused emigration agents worked in a joint venture with a hotel in Ankamaly. Crime branch is also planning to take up the case of priest Jaison Kollannoor, founder of Shadwell foundation in Kochi and Kerala Catholic Youth Movement leader, who trafficked the men to America. There are some findings on the role of emigration agents in this case too. Among them, some were doubted to be terrorists as well. The Crime branch hope to get more solid proofs when the investigation report gets submitted.
Jisha Elizabeth ( Writer is a fellow of National Foundation for India, New Delhi)