NEW DELHI - According to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, India is the most dangerous country in the world for women. Nowhere more girls are sold as slaves. In melting Himalayan glaciers, prolonged drought, devastating storms and disappearing islands, human traffickers found new allies. Floods make millions of people homeless, displaced women are easy victims.

Jan De Deken of The Polar Project travelled through India for two months to map the link between global warming and sex slavery. He spoke with victims of human trafficking in the prostitution neighbourhoods of Calcutta, on sinking islands in West Bengal and by drought depleted farmland in Maharashtra.

Team members

Jan De Deken

Jan De Deken (° 1985) is a Belgian freelance journalist and photographer. Since 2010 he has written reports in more than thirty countries.

€ 6.740 allocated on 08/07/2018.


  • Klimaatslaven, VRT/Canvas, Vranckx & De Nomade, 22/02/2020. (In Dutch)


  • Knack, 19/02/2020. (in Dutch)

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