We are now collaborating with the German Consulate to open a center for training 40 girls who are either survivors of trafficking, child marriage, rape, domestic violence or are highly vulnerable to trafficking due to their poor economic situation. These livelihood centers in impoverished areas help to create long-lasting change, as those are the areas that are most vulnerable to the issue of sex trafficking.
In rural Bengal, most of the trafficked survivors, are accepted back into their families, the generic “stigma” of the girl not being considered pure anymore, is not as prevalent. This is perhaps because the girl child is treated with affection once brought into the family and is often a victim of trafficking by being lured away from home and not with consent of her family. We see cases of girls being abandoned more towards the North of the country. Thus, there is a great need in the villages of Kultali block in Bengal to provide livelihood and income generating opportunities.