HELP US STOP THIS SLAVERY TOGETHER
This Sunita, Director of the Gaya Rescue Project here in Bihar , and organiser of our special programmes for girls at risk including this project for which your support is so important. As you know here at Rescue Junction we are in proud partnership with Childline India and this is from their website, clearly indicating the scale of the problem,
Human trafficking is the third largest profitable industry in the world. Child trafficking unlike many other issues is found in both developed and developing nations. Trafficked children are used for prostitution, forced into marriage, illegally adopted, used as cheap or unpaid labour, used for sport and organ harvesting. Some children are recruited into armed groups. Trafficking exposes children to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. According to UNICEF a child victim of trafficking is "any person under 18 who is recruited, transported, transferred, harboured or received for the purpose of exploitation, either within or outside a country". Trafficking is one of the hardest crimes to track and investigate hence data is hard to obtain. The latest figures estimate that 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide every year. Child prostitution has the highest supply of trafficked children.
India is a source, destination, and transit country for trafficking for many purposes such as commercial sexual exploitation. Majority of the trafficking is within the country but there are also a large number trafficked from Nepal and Bangladesh. Children are trafficked to Middle Eastern countries for sport such as camel racing. There are no national or regional estimates for the number of children trafficked every year. But 40% of prostitutes are children, and there is a growing demand for young girls in the industry.
NGOs estimate that 12,000 - 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the country annually from neighbouring states for the sex trade. Thousands of girls are trafficked from Bangladesh and Nepal. 200,000 Nepalese girls under 16 years are in prostitution in India. An estimated 1,000 to 1,500 Indian children are smuggled out of the country every year to Saudi Arabia for begging during the Hajj. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have the largest number of people trafficked. Intra state/inter district trafficking is high in Rajasthan, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Delhi and Goa are the major receiver states.
As you will know from our regulars reports often written by the girls we rescue we are doing what we can to protect children from harm. Many traffickers have been sent to jail because of our activities, over 200 girls have been helped so far this year alone, and it costs an average of $150 to save a child. Please kindly mark in your dates July 15th because if you can give a donation on that day, because our organisation is at the highest level on Global Giving they will as long as funds last match your donation by up to 50% . This is a great chance to double your donation. It starts at one second past nine am Eastern Time.
If we are to continue to do this vital work we do need your support, and we thank you so much for it. Together we can, and are making a difference,
Namaste to you and your family.
My goodness me, summer is coming and temperatures are on the rise daily, already reaching 100F
Here at Rescue Junction we have been as busy as always.
And I am excited to tell you of our new initiative "Operation Innocence" we are running with the police and other law enforcement agencies in rescuing underage girls from commercial sex abuse. Regular readers of our updates will know we have always done this, but now we have an organised programme . I am happy to tell you all that just a week before acting on information received several underage girls were rescued from a guest house in Bodhgaya where they were being used for sex and several arrests were made. They are now receiving counselling under the programme so many of you have supported .
As one girl said,
"I began to think I had been totally abandoned , who and from where was going to help me?, to bring me out of hell. Then suddenly a golden window opened and I was free.
Every night I prayed for such a release. It has come and I am here. For the first time for as long as I can remember I feel safe"
Thank you for all for your support.
It's me Sunita ( Director of Rescue Junction) again with another update. Firstly I would like to congratulate our chairman Mr Deepak Kumar for meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently ( please see photo and our FB page link is below) and should his Holiness ever be able to visit us a very warm welcome awaits him.
So how are the girls? I will let one of them, Sita tell you in her own words, (name changed,, words not changed )
Respected greetings to you all.
My name is Sita Kumari I am so happy to be able to tell you how happy I am to be in Rescue Junction with the programme of support and training. If you have had nobody in your life that really cared about you how you would feel? Like I did before I came here. It is something nobody should ever feel. Its the worst feeling in the world and I am so glad it has gone forever.
Please continue to help us and spread the word we are so very gratefull. Here we feel safe and cared about and we are learning usefull skills.
Thank you all!
Sita Age 15
Thank you also for all your help over the Christmas period , fantastic generosity and kindness. Please take some time to visit our website, the link is below.
With Thanks and Best Wishes,
Well here in India the festivities of Diwali are now over, the weather is pleasantly cool and we are looking to shortly start our annual appeal for warm winter clothing and blankets for street children, so look out for that!
As regular supporters will know Rescue Junction is remarkable for accepting all children in need both boys and girls. I believe it is particularly important because if you look at this project the number of girls homeless or living on the street who diappear once they reach puberty is extremely disturbing. Our Work at Rescue Junction and this project is designed to stop this from happening in our area .
So are we having success?
What happened to the dollars you donated?
I can tell you from our survey methodology and our important work with the railway and state police plus our work with the district child protection committee, (of which we are a member) the whole landscape for street, trafficked and exploited children has changed dramatically for the better.
So far as this initiative is concerned here is a short letter to you from Diva
( name changed to protect identity)
My name is Diva and I am 13 or 14 years of age.
I am not really sure.
I am so happy to be here at Rescue Junction. My step father used to beat me and I called Childline 1098 and spoke to a kind lady who asked me to stay where I was and someone will come with an ID card with her photo on it to me within 10 mins. I was desperate and was beaten once too often and I had run away. At Rescue Junction I found many "aunties " and even some uncles who for the first time in my life treated me with respect and gentle kindness.
I am studying and taking vocational training for the future making soft toys, and I feel so happy I am getting support from people who care about me.
Thank you for helping me.
I feel safe.
That's where you dollars go everyone, to help girls like Diva.
Thank you all,
This is Sunita ,director of Rescue Junction and the SIGNAL project, and it's time for an update. As you all know the project caters for girls at risk of abuse by providing shelter, food, education, vocational training and support to these vulnerable young women to enable then to have a new start in life. But here at Rescue Junction we admit girls of any age, ( including babies, who have been abandoned) and girls that have been orphaned.
One of our aims is to increase awareness within the local community about the plight of these girls and help us establish a network of protection for them. We work with the police and raid local brothels and we have found girls as young as twelve years of age. In these cases in conjunction with local authorities we always prosecute and bring those responsible for this abuse to Justice . Over 40 people are behind bars today as a result of these prosecutions. We need to establish there will be no safe haven, no escape from those who choose to abuse children.
There are three girls here who we have placed at our expense ( with the help of your donations) in residential school and who come to Rescue Junction for the holidays. Their mother died, and then a year later their father . The eldest girl ( then just 11 years old) ,Pramilla buried him with her own hands as there was no money for a cremation. In the days and weeks that followed the girls were at risk of starving before concerned villagers brought them to the local administration, who placed them in the only place available, Rescue Junction. We need help to pay for their education and care., Every cent that we get from Global Giving goes to help children like Pramilla, Diya and Shanti.(names changed for child protection reasons)
It costs $1000 to care and educate them for one whole year.
Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity
Wishing you all the best,
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