This period is landmark for multiple reasons. Thereapeutic Community is showing remarkable results, the impact of which is felt in the increasing attacks on the organization. A clear indication to the fact that the organized criminal syndicate which runs sex trafficking is actually impacted by our interventions.There was an attack engineered with traffickers posing as victims being admitted in the shelter.
The increasing number of victims who are testifying against their perpetrators is heart-warming. The conviction rate has vastly improved. This clearly shows that the thereapeutic community is successful model.
The murder of a survivor who had testified against her traffickers was traumatizing moment which demoralized the entire team. But we are more inspired and committed in our fight against sex crimes and sex trafficking today more than ever.
An incident in february lead to an international campaign which is now bringing shivers in the lives of all sex offenders. It all started with two rape videos that was being circulated on 'whatapp'. The sense of outrage and anger with this blatant display of impunity lead to 'shametherapist' campaign. A first of its kind in the world where pictures of sex offenders captured from these videos was posted on social media with an appeal to identify the person. The campaign took a life of its own with the Supreme Court taking note of this issue and taking it up suo motto directing the Central Bureau of Investigation to investigate all the videos. Three people have been arrested and over 20 more have been identified.
The campaign which is unique also has been sending a message of zero tolerance to any sex offence.
A new challenge faced is the need for an emergency shelter which requires increased financial support, and I take this opportunity to request each of our friends and patrons to contribute for this new shelter, we require half a million dollars to set this place.
The emergency shelter will take care of all new victims and also become the screening point for traffickers and motivating space for further rehabilitation. We hope to support around 400 victims a year in this emergency shelter.