Free a Girl is dedicated to rescuing girls from forced prostitution. We believe in creating a safe environment for children and young people, protecting them from sexual violence and exploitation. This project seeks to rescue girls who are victims of trafficking and forced prostitution in Maharashtra, India. The rescued girls will receive rehabilitation and reintegration support as well as legal assistance to ensure their best interests are being advocated before judicial authorities.
It is believed that millions are exploited in this lucrative industry in India. Vulnerable girls from poor socio-economic backgrounds are often sold, kidnapped or lured into forced prostitution under false promises of marriage and well paid jobs. They are frequently enslaved and raped on a daily basis, suffering from severe physical and psychological trauma. Intensifying this problem is the clandestine nature of the industry coupled with the evolving methods of traffickers and brothel owners.
This project seeks to rescue, rehabilitate and provide access to justice for girls, particularly minors, who are victims of trafficking and forced prostitution in South India. Free a Girl supports our local partner, Odanadi, to identify victims and conduct rescue raids in brothels with law enforcement. Once rescued, the rescued girls receive counselling, medical care, basic education and vocational training. We also offer legal aid to the rescued girls to advocate for their best interests.
Free a Girl works with our local partners to rescue girls and provide freedom and direct relief. In the long term, it is through the continuous rescue raids and prosecution of perpetrators that trafficking networks are dismantled, brothel owners are deterred from exploiting girls, and local law enforcement are increasingly sensitized about this crime. This has the effect of holding perpetrators accountable and contributing to the elimination of forced prostitution of girls in India.