Namaste to you all,
I hope this letter finds you and your family well
First may I introduce myself? I am Riya the new Director of Rescue Junction here in Gaya. Many of you may know from the lovely farewell Sunita wrote in the last report on Rescue Junction on Global Giving that Sunita left her post recently for personal reasons, and what a great Job she has done, If you have not read her farewell it’s very moving and well worth reading.
You can find it here….
And so onto this report, concerning our special programme for girls here at Rescue Junction which includes all kinds of support and craft training for the girls that come through our doors at Rescue Junction.
When I went through my orientation and training before I took up my post I was shown some figures and I thought they might be interesting to share with you.
In 2015 so far a total of six raids with the police have taken place on local brothels and hotels with Rescue Junction staff rescuing 14 children (girls) the youngest of which was just 13 years of age. For obvious reasons I can’t divulge our future timetable, and plans for future raids but rest assured these people involved in this evil business can no longer rest easy. Over seven people have been arrested so far as a result of these raids and all are in Jail. It is regrettable that some of these persons are female.
But over 60 girls this year so far have come to Rescue Junction from all kinds of abusive situations.
Here is the story of one of them. (Not the real name)
Pritya has 2 brothers and all had gone to school. Her father was a mason. Four months ago she went to the fields near her home for call of nature .Two persons catch her by force, using perhaps chloroform and brought to the nearest railway station. After she recovered using threats of harm against her if she did not comply and brought her to Gaya railway station. Both person took her to the brothel and sold her The owner of brothel beat her. She were crying bitterly and when she said I want to go home go home then that woman beat.. A team from Rescue Junction raided the brothel, and rescued 9 minor girls.
Pritya needed a lot of counselling and the craft training helped of course. We have specially trained female counsellors who in my short period here I have seen how good they are. She has now gone home to her family but will come for counselling once a month for as long as she feels she needs the support.
She is 15 years of age.
She is back in school and getting back to a normal life, slowly healing as each day passes.
I thank you all, for your help as this, so important work needs help to continue. Through our careful records we have worked out it costs on average of $250 to rescue a girl and support her for up to a year.
So please help us rescue a girl child today, every single dollar helps,
HELP US STOP THIS SLAVERY TOGETHER
This Sunita, Director of the Gaya Rescue Project here in Bihar , and organiser of our special programmes for girls at risk including this project for which your support is so important. As you know here at Rescue Junction we are in proud partnership with Childline India and this is from their website, clearly indicating the scale of the problem,
Human trafficking is the third largest profitable industry in the world. Child trafficking unlike many other issues is found in both developed and developing nations. Trafficked children are used for prostitution, forced into marriage, illegally adopted, used as cheap or unpaid labour, used for sport and organ harvesting. Some children are recruited into armed groups. Trafficking exposes children to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. According to UNICEF a child victim of trafficking is "any person under 18 who is recruited, transported, transferred, harboured or received for the purpose of exploitation, either within or outside a country". Trafficking is one of the hardest crimes to track and investigate hence data is hard to obtain. The latest figures estimate that 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide every year. Child prostitution has the highest supply of trafficked children.
India is a source, destination, and transit country for trafficking for many purposes such as commercial sexual exploitation. Majority of the trafficking is within the country but there are also a large number trafficked from Nepal and Bangladesh. Children are trafficked to Middle Eastern countries for sport such as camel racing. There are no national or regional estimates for the number of children trafficked every year. But 40% of prostitutes are children, and there is a growing demand for young girls in the industry.
NGOs estimate that 12,000 - 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the country annually from neighbouring states for the sex trade. Thousands of girls are trafficked from Bangladesh and Nepal. 200,000 Nepalese girls under 16 years are in prostitution in India. An estimated 1,000 to 1,500 Indian children are smuggled out of the country every year to Saudi Arabia for begging during the Hajj. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu have the largest number of people trafficked. Intra state/inter district trafficking is high in Rajasthan, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Delhi and Goa are the major receiver states.
As you will know from our regulars reports often written by the girls we rescue we are doing what we can to protect children from harm. Many traffickers have been sent to jail because of our activities, over 200 girls have been helped so far this year alone, and it costs an average of $150 to save a child. Please kindly mark in your dates July 15th because if you can give a donation on that day, because our organisation is at the highest level on Global Giving they will as long as funds last match your donation by up to 50% . This is a great chance to double your donation. It starts at one second past nine am Eastern Time.
If we are to continue to do this vital work we do need your support, and we thank you so much for it. Together we can, and are making a difference,
Namaste to you and your family.
My goodness me, summer is coming and temperatures are on the rise daily, already reaching 100F
Here at Rescue Junction we have been as busy as always.
And I am excited to tell you of our new initiative "Operation Innocence" we are running with the police and other law enforcement agencies in rescuing underage girls from commercial sex abuse. Regular readers of our updates will know we have always done this, but now we have an organised programme . I am happy to tell you all that just a week before acting on information received several underage girls were rescued from a guest house in Bodhgaya where they were being used for sex and several arrests were made. They are now receiving counselling under the programme so many of you have supported .
As one girl said,
"I began to think I had been totally abandoned , who and from where was going to help me?, to bring me out of hell. Then suddenly a golden window opened and I was free.
Every night I prayed for such a release. It has come and I am here. For the first time for as long as I can remember I feel safe"
Thank you for all for your support.
It's me Sunita ( Director of Rescue Junction) again with another update. Firstly I would like to congratulate our chairman Mr Deepak Kumar for meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently ( please see photo and our FB page link is below) and should his Holiness ever be able to visit us a very warm welcome awaits him.
So how are the girls? I will let one of them, Sita tell you in her own words, (name changed,, words not changed )
Respected greetings to you all.
My name is Sita Kumari I am so happy to be able to tell you how happy I am to be in Rescue Junction with the programme of support and training. If you have had nobody in your life that really cared about you how you would feel? Like I did before I came here. It is something nobody should ever feel. Its the worst feeling in the world and I am so glad it has gone forever.
Please continue to help us and spread the word we are so very gratefull. Here we feel safe and cared about and we are learning usefull skills.
Thank you all!
Sita Age 15
Thank you also for all your help over the Christmas period , fantastic generosity and kindness. Please take some time to visit our website, the link is below.
With Thanks and Best Wishes,
Well here in India the festivities of Diwali are now over, the weather is pleasantly cool and we are looking to shortly start our annual appeal for warm winter clothing and blankets for street children, so look out for that!
As regular supporters will know Rescue Junction is remarkable for accepting all children in need both boys and girls. I believe it is particularly important because if you look at this project the number of girls homeless or living on the street who diappear once they reach puberty is extremely disturbing. Our Work at Rescue Junction and this project is designed to stop this from happening in our area .
So are we having success?
What happened to the dollars you donated?
I can tell you from our survey methodology and our important work with the railway and state police plus our work with the district child protection committee, (of which we are a member) the whole landscape for street, trafficked and exploited children has changed dramatically for the better.
So far as this initiative is concerned here is a short letter to you from Diva
( name changed to protect identity)
My name is Diva and I am 13 or 14 years of age.
I am not really sure.
I am so happy to be here at Rescue Junction. My step father used to beat me and I called Childline 1098 and spoke to a kind lady who asked me to stay where I was and someone will come with an ID card with her photo on it to me within 10 mins. I was desperate and was beaten once too often and I had run away. At Rescue Junction I found many "aunties " and even some uncles who for the first time in my life treated me with respect and gentle kindness.
I am studying and taking vocational training for the future making soft toys, and I feel so happy I am getting support from people who care about me.
Thank you for helping me.
I feel safe.
That's where you dollars go everyone, to help girls like Diva.
Thank you all,
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