The rescueteams of Free a Girl in India, together with the local police, rescued 170 minor victims of sexual exploitation in 2020! They received the psychosocial and medical aftercare that they needed.
Furthermore, during and after the raids, 156 perpetrators were arrested!
Thank you so much for your contribution to rescueing these girls!
On the 20th of November, Maya* (15 years old) was rescued. The rescueteam received information from a family that their daughter had been missing. Their daughter was kidnapped. The family had tried to report the case to the local police, but the local police did not cooperate. Our rescue and investigation team visited the commissioner of police and he did cooperate. Together, they rescued her.
During counselling sessions, it became clear that Maya had been lured by a lover boy to a city far from her home town. He locked her up into a room and exploited her sexually.
Now, she is studying and wants to become a teacher. The loverboy is sent to jail and his bail is rejected.
Despite the challenges this year because of Covid-19, our local colleagues have still managed to conduct raids.
From January until October, Free a Girl has rescued 74 girls and young women from situations of sexual exploitation and arrested 63 brothel owners, traffickers and customers!
Sexual exploitation of children not only happens in brothels. Many children are exploited via their computer, even at home or at school. Perpetrators use practices such as grooming, sexting and sextortion and offer the pictures, videos but also the children online. Although the more “visible” commercial sexual exploitation of children still exists, it is slightly decreasing. Perpetrators are adapting their strategies and sexual exploitation is exploding online. Our local implementing partners called for action and this is why we started this project.
Online forensics The phenomenon of online grooming of children and exploiting them is not new: it has been going on for years due to the increase in technological features, tablets and smartphones. This is why special forensic tools and techniques are developed to reveal online sexual exploitation of children and abusers. By doing this research, combined with online detective work and close collaboration with specialized law enforcement agencies, it is possible to locate, identify and rescue many survivors.
Empowering local partners This program aims to empower Free a Girl’s local partner organizations in India by sharing the new developed software to do online research. We encourage our partners to create a national and cross-border network with valuable local, national and international partners to tackle online sexual exploitation of children.
Moreover, we are developing an educational program to train all our local partner organisations so that they learn everything about online forensic research and interventions regarding the online sexual exploitation of children.
In 2020, 37 girls have been rescued from sexual exploitation in India. These victims were rescued before the Lockdown started in India. Because of the Lockdown, many people in the informal sector are in crisis.
At this moment, 700 to 800 children are stuck in the Red Light Area in Nagpur, India. These are the children of sex workers and children who are sexually exploited. We realize that sexual exploitation continues, also during the lockdown. These children are even more vulnerable now that the brothel owners try to rescue their businesses.
We try to do what we can and distribute emergency aid packages with food, milk for babies and hygiene products. If you are in the possibility to give, please continue to support our rescue teams. Right after the Lockdown, we will continue our rescue activities as soon as possible.
Furthermore, Cyclone Amphan has destroyed hundreds of families. The cyclone has caused at least 12 billion euros in damage. Fortunately, the beneficiaries of Free a Girl are doing well. Thanks to your support, they are in a less vulnerable position. These are challenging times, but we are trying to give emergency support and conduct online investigations and counseling.
Free a Girl has rescued 4721 victims from sexual exploitation until now and we will not give up!
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