Trafficking & prostitution is a US$1 billion business & an estimated 1.2 million children are in prostitution in India. Children of sex workers are exposed to their mother's profession, addictions, violence & child labour. While girls are groomed in the business, boys often become pimps. 75% of our sex workers, including transgender & MSM, are illiterate, unable to break free from their bondage, more likely to catch HIV & less likely to own identity papers.
We distribute condoms & conduct health check-ups without judgement serving over 3,000 female sex workers (FSWs), MSM & transgenders. Peer educators, recruited from our FSWs, help identify, rescue & rehabilitate trafficked FSWs. Our shelter home provides care to 250 of their children, rape & trafficked survivors, orphans & those living with HIV. They are safe, happy, active & healthy, participating in school, vocational training, extra-curricular, sports, cultural & recreational activities.
Snehalaya enables sex workers to become agents for social change, with 2 FSWs on our board since 1989. There is 100% condom usage & no underage or 2nd-generation sex workers & we have reduced STD rates to some of the lowest in India. In 2006, a rescue of 2 minors exposed & secured double life sentences for 20 highly influential figures. We have sheltered & educated over 1,000 vulnerable children & with COVID affecting their income have helped 35 FSWs find new vocations.
This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).