Mar 9, 2015

Partnering with Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi

President Obama & NobelLaureate Kailash Satyarthi
President Obama & NobelLaureate Kailash Satyarthi

1. ASSET Idia's parnership with Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi's organization BBA-Save the Children began last year   with the rescue, rehabilitation and rescue of 200 girls trafficked from the tea estates in Assam.

2. The trafficked girls are lured by brokers with the promise of well paying jobs in Delhi and other cities.

3. The girls are then sold as domestic help by the brokers for a huge fee and many girls subsequently end up in brothels.

4.BBA has been intrumental in getting the courts to issue injunctions against these brokers.

The problem of sex trafficking is rampant in India today and the problems to be addressed are numerous. In this partnership, ASSET India Foundation and Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) will address the problem by a holistic and sustainable approach.

Prevention and Community Participation: This will be a two fold program involving Child Friendly Villages (CFVs) and campaigning against the evils of sex trafficking through Mukti Caravan. 20 CFVs will be set up in the state of Assam and Mukti Caravan will be run in around 400 villages over two years. The campaigning will take place in key areas of Assam (Source Area), Alwar (Source Area), Silligudi (Transit Route) and New Delhi (Destination Point).

Protection and Prosecution: The raid and rescue of girls working in sex work will take place in three key areas of Assam, Silligudi and New Delhi. During this partnership, 50 girls/year will be rescued. Additionally, 100 girls/year will be provided with legal aid.

Policy and Partnership: This partnership will help influence the gaps in policy regarding sex work in India through better understanding of the needs in the sector as the levels of intervention take place.

Research: The research that will take place will look at three aspects- Dimensions of Sex Trafficking in India- This will take New Delhi to be a test case in India and look at the process of trafficking and the economics that relate to it. Status of Sex Trafficking- Through Right to Information reports and other secondary resources, the status of sex trafficking will be recorded.

Analysis of factors affecting trafficking of girls and women from vulnerable districts of Assam- Fieldwork based assessment of factors influencing the process of trafficking of vulnerable girls and women.


Dec 4, 2014

ASSET India Partner wins Nobel Peace Prize!

Kailash Satyarthi, Founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize which will be awarded to him in a ceremony in Stockholm later this month. 

BBA and ASSET India Foundation are actively engaged in the rescue, rehabilitation and care of 200 girls trafficked from the tea estates in Assam in north east India.

Chicag based New Generation Power, ( has agreed help ASSET in providing solar lighting to villages and schools where children of sex workers and girls vulnerable to sex trafficking live. Solar lighting will help these girls study in the evenings and encourage them to stay in school.

Efforts are underway to provide additional marketable skills to 20 girls on a pilot project in Kolkata in partnership with the Skills Training Institute.


Sep 10, 2014

Trafficking of girls from rural areas

In order to preven the trafficking of minor girls from the tea estates in north eastern India, ASSET partner Save the Children has been active in supporting the Govt. of India 's proposed a new and much upgraded Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 in India and has already introduced the same in Parliament. All our suggestions in the same have also been accepted.

The Bill would be a major step in the fight against trafficking as it outlaws and prohibits various kinds of trafficking and exploitative situations for which children are being trafficked. These include provisions on :

1. Child marriage - by including a child vulnerable to being married as a child in need of care and protection.

2. Detailing adoption processes and prohibiting illegal adoptions with strict penalties.

3. Prohibiting the operation of Children's homes running without mandatory Govt. registration and licences. As you might be aware, child trafficking for illegal homes (from where children are sent or put in various kinds of exploitative situations) is a big issue currently in India.

4. Increasing punishment for employing a child bonded labourer and making it a non bailable offence.

5. Including a specific provision prohibiting the use of children in armed conflict or organised gangs.

6. Prohibiting the use of any child in vending or peddling or liquor or any other narcotic substance.

When passed (possibly in Dec., 2014), this Bill is expected to fill in the existing gaps in the policy domain and give a lot of impetus to the fight against trafficking in India.

Attched documents provide good news about progress with ethe education of children of ex Devadasis.


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