Sex trafficking in India

Here are some heartbreaking statistics:

  • 78% of trafficked victims in Kolkata are from West Bengal
  • 90% of Indian sex workers’ daughters will fall into the profession.
  • In India, an estimated 1 million children are in prostitution
  • The median age of entry into prostitution is 11, with girls 10-12 in highest demand

Due to extreme poverty, trafficking occurs on a daily basis and supports a large and well organized illegal economy. In addition, natural disasters in Bangladesh and Nepal often leave millions homeless and impoverished, making it easier for them to be exploited by human traffickers.

The economics of sex trafficking

The women who do survive trafficking and commercial sex exploitation are faced with a new set of challenges -- psychological and emotional damage, health issues, and the social stigma of prostitution.

Those who were victims at an early age might find themselves without skills or education, making it nearly impossible to re-integrate back into society. Because of this, many women remain in the trade, fearful they aren't capable of earning a living any other way.

Life is different at Freeset

Freeset offers these women a chance to break the cycle. At the center of our philosophy is a commitment to the women who choose to leave the trade and work for us instead. We provide employment, along with training and a community of support, to ensure that their decision to leave the trade is sustainable. 

“I’m 31-years old and have one daughter who is growing up with my mother in the village. After years of working in the trade, I made the choice to join Freeset in hope of building a different future for us. Before, I was short tempered and would abuse people for small reasons. It was time to leave it all behind. I wanted to live a respectful and dignified life and Freeset supported me in finding the way to freedom. I don’t pick up fights randomly and I try to understand other people’s perspective before reacting on impulse. I feel transformed and more included in a good society.”

“I’m 38-years old and have one teenage son in secondary school. Someone told me about Freeset and the work they are doing. This job showed me the promise of a better life. Freeset trained me in sewing and taught me to read and write. I remember signing my name to collect my first salary. I will never forget that day in my life. I wanted my son to come and see where I worked. So on Freeset’s birthday, I got him to our factory. He hardly spoke to anyone during the celebration, but when we reached home, he said 'Your factory is so big. One day I also want to work in a office like that.'"

"I started my journey at Freeset when I was 18-years old. Freeset not only taught me to become a skilled seamstress, but how to manage my money and save. With one of my first savings, I bought a water filter and that was the first water filter I've ever had in my own home. Now I'm 30-years old with a husband and a daughter, and have been promoted as one of the lead sewing trainers at Freeset. Working at Freeset has allowed me to see a different future for not only me, but my daughter too. Now I am saving money so my daughter can go to college."

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