Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable, seeking women and children who don’t have support systems or financial security and are thus easier to convince, manipulate, or kidnap. Children quit school, or don’t attend at all, to beg in the streets or sort through trash for something to sell or eat. Girls and boys are enslaved as house servants for the wealthy or as carpet weavers or brick makers. Once a child is trapped in a trafficking situation, there is little hope of escaping.
Too often, the unthinkable occurs. A desperate family feels forced to sell their young daughter into the jogini system, a form of ritualized prostitution. It’s horrific and illegal, and yet there are still over 100,000 joginis in India.
But we fight for these, to give them a future and a hope. Preventing and rescuing children from slavery is just the beginning. We also work to give them what they need for a new way of life — counseling, education, skills training, and dignity.