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Residents wait to fill their containers with water in a field in Latur, India, April 17, 2016.

Trafficking risk rises as villagers flee India’s worst drought in decades

A flood of migrants from rural India are searching for water, food and jobs as they flee arid conditions

A mass migration of tens of thousands of people from rural India, sparked by the worst drought in decades, is fuelling concerns they may be trafficked or exploited. The migrants are searching for water, food, jobs and other basics of life, activists say. About 330 million people, almost a quarter of the country’s population, are