Men, women and children are being deceived with promises of a better life and work opportunities, but are ultimately being trafficked and exploited in cities across India.

Research has shown that the labour practices and working conditions on the tea plantations of Assam are fuelling unique forms of vulnerability to human trafficking.

People are easily lured from the tea plantations, and trafficked to cities across India. This is an organised crime.

Globally people drink over 3 billion cups of tea every day.
— Forum for the Future (2014)
Tea is big business in India with approximately 10 million people dependent on the tea industry for their livelihood.
— ActionAid (2005)
Traffickers entice people to migrate to the cities or groom parents to send their children to the cities on the promise of a new and better life. There is usually a payment made to a family giving up a child, which can be as little as
Rs 2,000 (AUD 42.8)


Sign our petition directed to Tata Global Beverages. Thanks to pressure from activists around the world, Tata has released a plan to address human trafficking but it doesn't go far enough or address our requests. Tata has indicated that they are not breaking the law and we agree.

This is yet another situation where the law is not enough to end human trafficking.

We are calling again on Tata to show leadership and
address the matters we have raised. 



Download the Not my cup of Tea report to find out more about how vulnerable young people living on tea plantations are being deceived and exploited.