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Sex Trafficking in India

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Megan Hunter

on 14 December 2012

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Sex Trafficking in India By Megan Winagle & Richard Otis What is Apne Aap Worldwide Some facts about sex trafficking worldwide: There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history. An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect. Eighty percent of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24, and some are as young as six years old Nearly 7,000 Nepali girls as young as nine years old are sold every year into India’s red-light district—or 200,000 in the last decade. Facts about sex trafficking in India In India, Karnataka, Andha Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu are considered "high supply zones" for women in prostitution. 100,000-160,000 Nepalese girls are prostituted in brothels in India. About 45,000 Nepalese girls are in the brothels of Bombay and 40,000 in Calcutta. The average age of a sex worker over the past decade has fallen from 14-16 years old to 10-14 years old. Work Cited "India - Facts on Trafficking and Prostitution." India - Facts on Trafficking and Prostitution. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Dec. 2012.
•"Story of Apne Aap." Http://apneaap.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2012
•"Clinton Global Citizen Award Winner Ruchira Gupta Leverages Global Attention to Take on Sex Trafficking." Http://www.newson6.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Dec. 2012
"Apne Aap Worldwide's Gallery." : Free Photo Sharing from Google. N.p., 24 Sept. 2009. Web. 13 Dec. 2012. Apne Aap Worldwide was orignially started by by twenty-two women from Mumbai’s red light district. They were brought together to be interviewed in, Emmy Award winning journalist, Ruchira Gupta’s documentary "The Selling of Innocents". The film production focused upon the immoral trafficking of young women from Nepal to India. The women continually met after the film and, in 2002, the women formed the NGO Apne Aap and registered it in Mumbai, India. As years passed the organization's foothold in India grew and Apne Aap became a larger NGO and gained a greater following to fight against the Sex Trafficking in India. Although all of the originally twenty two women have died, Ruchira Gupta, is the President of Apne Aap and continues it mission to: "increase choices for at-risk girls and women in order to ensure access to their rights, and to deter the purchase of sex through policy and social change." Clinton Global Initiative 2009 CLINTON GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARDS CEREMONY Thursday, September 24, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Metropolitan Ballroom, 2nd Floor "President Clinton, along with special guests, honors extraordinary people that have demonstrated visionary leadership in solving pressing global challenges. Through their work, these citizens have proven that diverse sectors of society can work together successfully to devise and implement solutions that effect positive, lasting social change." Ruchira Gupta, President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide was one of the recipients. Ashton Kutcher visits with Apne Aap girls in India in September of 2012. Some of Apne Aap's Achievements: Self-empowerment groups across India meet at Apne Aap community centers, according to their website they have already brought more than 15,000 women together across India to resist and end the sex trade in their own lives and communities. They have also started and proposed a petition called “Cool Men Don’t Buy Sex” it was designed to pressure the Indian government to create an amendment to their constitution to further condemn the people responsible for human trafficking in India. (Even Hillary Clinton joined this petition and supports Apne Aap’s mission.) Gupta herself has lead international discussions about human trafficking for the United Nations:

"The organization has challenged the notion that survivors are passive recipients, convincing the highest level policy makers that survivors are active change agents remarkably capable of informing and shaping national laws and international agendas. In October 2009, Gupta took a panel of survivors to speak at the UN General Assembly in New York alongside Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillai, and in 2010, she led a group of survivors to speak before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva." (http://www.newson6.com) Photos Intern Morgan Metcalf Bihar Legal Rights Training Workshop Community and Outreach Centers in Kidderpore and Kolkata Would we help? Because there is a lack of information about Apne Aap's financial capabilities, and where their money really ends up, we're both skeptical about assisting the NGO.

If an NGO claims to be doing something for a great moral cause, and has evidence to back up their financial responsibility, we would both gladly help out the NGO if we could. Unfortunately Apne Aap isn’t proving that they are financially responsible, to us, and for that reason we are skeptical to offer any help. We hope that the NGO is what it says it is, but it needs more factual data to help prove themselves.
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