There are an estimated 40 million people trapped in various forms of slavery throughout the world today (including forced labor slavery, debt bondage, forced marriage and/or sex slavery). Collectively, these activities generate $150 billion each year in illicit profits for traffickers. Consider the following statistics:
Traffickers exploit millions of people in commercial sex in India. In addition to traditional red light districts, dance bars, spas, and massage parlors, traffickers increasingly exploit women and children in sex trafficking in small hotels, vehicles, huts, and private residences. In addition, the recruitment of women and children for commercial sex increasingly take place through social media platforms, including mobile dating applications and websites.
The Times of India reported that 400,000 people had been trafficked from the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh alone including 1,200 children in 4 red-light districts (3/15/18).
New Horizons’ staff receive periodic training / mentoring from key individuals with international expertise in the specific program areas in which they function.
Our in-country staff works directly with the Indian Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and other governmental agencies involved in rescue / transfer / justice issues for girls.
Typically, there are 4-5 girls / room, but this number could vary slightly. This arrangement has been shown to prevent self-abuse and/or abuse by other girls.
It depends. In some cases, their family of origin may have been the ones who initially sold them into trafficking due to debt bondage or for financial gain and it would not be safe for them to maintain contact. New Horizons works with the Indian Child Welfare Committee (CWC) to determine the most appropriate course of action for each girl.
Our first girl graduated from New Horizons’ in 2019 and subsequently joined the local police academy with the goal of helping other girls. Since that time, some of our other girls have gone on to get married, find gainful employment, attend university and/or start their own small businesses.
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