Rescue trafficked women & children in India

by India Partners
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Priyanka
Priyanka

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your help in providing children and women with a life of safety away from India's red-light districts. Your gift is making a tremendous difference in the lives of women and children trapped in the life of a sexual slave.

When we help a girl child escape, with permission of her mother, we ask that they never go back to the Red Light District, too dangerous. As a mother they want them close by their side, but once they are 7 or 8 it is very risky. Priyanka* is one such child.

Priyanka lives in an urban slum surrounded by poverty; her home is in the Red Light District. Families live in small cinderblock and sheet metal homes surrounded by filth and sexual abuse. It is a very unhealthy environment for anyone, and especially a child, but sadly this is Priyanka’s home.

Priyanka was doing poorly in school when she came to our tuition center. But with an illiterate mother and chaotic home life, she has no chance to excel in system designed for those with an educated family and wealth. Right outside the Red Light District, India Partners maintains a Learning Centre. Here children are able to come before and after school, they receive a meal and are helped with their homework (tuitions).

Priyanka is a needy 7-year old girl; she now has a chance to succeed. She will be able to stay in school and get an education because of people like you. When we work together we can change lives even in the most difficult places.

John

India Partners

P.S. To help more children and women in Mumbai's red light districts, you can give a gift today! You will be changing their lives forever by providing them educational opportunities they would otherwise not have. Encourage your friends and coworkers to join you. Take a moment and change the life of a young girl like Priyanka.

* Priyanka’s image is changed to protect her identity

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Training class at Women's center
Training class at Women's center

Thank you for your support to rescue women and children from the Red-Light Districts in India. Rescue is a team effort, and your participation is vital to the success of reintegration of women and children into society.

We teach essentials like language skills, to read the local language, but also skills in English as English the language of business in India. To succeed in life outside the trade requires that you have skills which allow you to fit well with the rest of society. This includes paying your rent monthly, saving so that you can pay for your children’s education and paying unexpected health bills. For most ladies that are rescued from the Red-Light District they were trafficked before they were able to learn these functions from their family.

Along with skills training which will help them earn a living, India Partners also provides education to help the ladies complete their schooling or higher-studies and life skills that will help them function with other members of their community.

In the image above you see the ladies getting instruction on personal budgeting from a banker. As much as possible, we try to get professionals from different fields to present the training so that the students become accustomed to the language and standards of the various professions.

Rescuing a woman or child from the Red-Light District is only complete when they are inculcated back into society. You make this possible as you support the work to Rescue trafficked women & children in India, by India Partners.

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In India, when families have several children, they constantly try to find ways to feed and educate them. Traffickers take advantage of this and trick parents into sending their daughters to Mumbai with the promise of work, education and the ability for the girl to send money home to help her family.   

Anu was sent to Mumbai when traffickers promised that she would become house-help for a wealthy family. Instead, she was sold into the sex trade as a teenager. After being raped and beaten she found the only way to survive was to accommodate the demands of those that were forcing her to work in the trade. 

When the pandemic hit, Covid-19 changed everything. The government locked down the red-light district and women that made their living there, were suddenly without any income.   

Your gift made it possible for Anu (and others like her) to join an India Partners training program where she is now enrolled in adult literacy classes, values training sessions, small business workshops and more. Together these will allow her to provide for her and her young daughter. This actually demonstrates one benefit of the pandemic — it allows women to escape the horrors of the district. Anu now has hope for the future because of your compassion and generosity. 

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Life has not been easy for 27-year-old Anya. Married at 14, left widowed by HIV at 20, she was left, HIV positive, parenting her young daughter. Thankfully she had some support from her parents, who she lived with, along with her two younger brothers and daughter, now 10. She had a job at a massage center. Little did she know that her life was going to take yet another drastic turn. There was a raid at the massage center one day and Anya, along with others, was taken into custody and placed at the Government Vigilance home.  

The staff got to know Anya, as she diligently attended all the sessions conducted by the caseworker. One of the sessions was an HIV awareness program. There were tears in Anya’s eyes. She was not crying for herself; she was scared that she had not been able to test if her child was positive, the mother was afraid for her daughter. 

Anya was eventually released from the Home and she was able to return to her daughter. She soon reached out to staff workers to say that she had been able to test her daughter and joyously report that the result was negative!  

She needed further help with her daughter’s education and with finding sustainable employment. Your generosity allowed staff workers to help with the educational need of her daughter and is continuing to work along with Anya to equip her to build her tailoring skills. She will soon receive advanced training and the possibility of helping sustain her family. 

Success stories like Anya's would not be possible without your sacrificial gifts. More women and children will be rescued from the trafficking trade because of your generosity!

 

*Name and photo changed for safety

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Rashmi was born in a small village. Raised by her paternal uncle and aunt after the loss of her parents, Rashmi’s childhood was one filled with ill-treatment, hurtful words, overwork and neglect. Her life would be buried in household chores after school, half plate meals, bruises and abuse. 

She would often dream of earning enough money to start a new life away from all this chaos of her childhood. When children would dream of becoming doctor, teacher, Rashmi dreamt of running away to a better life. At this junction, she met with a woman from her village who promised her an astounding new life in Mumbai. With no delay Rashmi jumped at the opportunity and ran away with the woman to Mumbai. 

At Bhiwandi’s red-light area young Rashmi’s fate was sealed, captive behind the brothel walls, abused beyond words, she succumbed to her circumstances. Her captors kept her for a period of three years before allowing her to visit her family. But this freedom for Rashmi was short lived as her money ran out, and with no other means to earn a living she returned back to the flesh trade. 

One fateful afternoon, a worried Rashmi confided in our staff that someone had informed her family about her identity as a commercial sex-worker in Mumbai and Rashmi was scared of the repercussion this revelation would bring. The staff consoled her and suggested exiting the trade to Rashmi, they also assured her they would help her be trained at a life skill and acquire a job. Rashmi couldn’t believe her teenage dream of freedom could be fulfilled 17 years later. With all courage she could muster she decided to trust the staff who was promising her freedom.  

 Rashmi wasn’t betrayed like the first time. Six months later she has enrolled in an English speaking course and undergoing life skills training. Rashmi has embraced her new life and she can’t wait to put her past behind her and move forward. 

Thank you for providing Rashmi the opportunity to escape to a better life, and for continued support for the women left to be rescued.

*Name and photo changed for safety 

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