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Report No. 146

3.4. The gravity of the offence.-

Not much argument is needed to support the proposition that the sale of a human being (of any age or sex) is an anti-social act of the most heinous character whatever be the purpose. It tends to destroy all that mankind in its journeys through centuries of progress towards a civilized society, has sought to achieve. It inevitably creates a species of such human beings, thus violating all norms of civilized society. The greatest harm is caused by such conduct to the individual so treated.

He or she loses the most precious possession of a human being, namely respect for oneself, and a sense of identity and an awareness of one's dignity. No greater harm can be caused to an individual than the inflicting of a wound on his or her dignity, the maiming of his or her respect for oneself, the degradation of the soul. A society which tolerates such conduct not only harms itself by degrading its moral level, but is also guilty of injustice to the individual, and ultimately damages the social fabric.



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