In these days there is a kind of violence that goes beyond the physical one that leaves deeper scars. However, this network of exploitation is not visible so easily.
This brutality is represented by the exploitation, injustice and oppression imposed on persons, more specifically on weak women and children, who often accept abuse in silence. Sex and labour trafficking not only results in many undesirable physical and psychological harm for the victims, it must also be considered a major violation of their basic human rights, reducing the victim to a capacity where they own nothing, sacrificing their integrity in every way in the hope of change and development.
This is the more subtle type of violence, a violence that destroys the spirit by denying individual aspirations and relegates the person to a dehumanised life. At the moment women and children trafficking is one of the largest growing industries in the world, working powerfully at both local and transnational levels to mostly to generate financial gains. With millions of homeless and displaced young children and women in India, our key focus for this project is in the regions of Bidar and Chamarajmar.
FIGHT AGAINST SLAVERY aims to help these people supporting them through a process of empowerment and an integrated developmental approach in order to guarantee persons to experience life and growth in accordance of their age. As well as this, we hope to work and to inspire an education which will function to rescue them from the risk of violation at any time of day and overcome and circumstances that they may come across. The shelter will aim to guarantee further support and training of skills to educate and advocate for lifelong change and awareness to keep them off the streets.
Our mission is to transform their lives; physically, materially, emotionally, socially.
In India, a large number of children between the 5 and the 17 years old are currently working as in such villages and slums; these regions are prone to the exploitation of children and women due to poverty and circumstantial suffering which often causes them to start working in both the manual labour and sex industries forcibly.
Due to this, there is often a problem in the production chain as children aren’t able to deliver large levels of productivity as it is restricted to their range and knowledge. Globalisation dependencies, urbanisation and international product supply and demand has caused major socioeconomic pressures upon the groups this project aims to protect. As for the area itself, the area of Kanartaka is recognised for the importation of young girls from the state of Bidar to other states.
The most prevalent sectors employing trafficked people in India include:
Commercial Sex labour
Bonded Labour in multiple Industrial and Agricultural Sectors
Entertainment Sector (Camel Jockeying, Circus, Dance, etc)
Begging and other Cartel like exploitative activities
Aside from the sectors mentioned above, the criminalised and hegemonic nature of the Human Trafficking industry also exposes victims to other forms of lucrative International Organised Crimes, like drug exportation, that also act as a threat to human security and increase the violation of human rights in undermining socio-economic, cultural, political and legal rights of individuals and instead work to reinstate these into their private and societal environments. The people of this region are in need of legal, psychological and practical support to break the diverse chain of slavery practices that have been established. For these reasons, the more specific scopes of our project working to re-integrate individuals are as follows:
To Protect and Defend the Rights of Children– Young children and adolescents are continually exposed to a range of illicit industries despite legal instruments that state children under the age of 18 should not work – according to the Global Slavery Index 2016, around 135,000 children where subject to trafficking last year alone. However, with the lawful safeguarding protocols falling short and no outright ban on this, many children slip through the wire and are exploited without investigation. Furthermore, other rights of children like protection from predators are sacrificed as they are exposed to criminalised groups. These groups either already exercises sex trafficking or place the child in danger of such custom. Again, due to financial constraints and circumstances, this is an opportunity many families and individuals cannot turn down due to other dependencies but leave them psychologically and physically at risk.
To Protect and Defend Women Rights -As stated at , young girls and vulnerable women are often threatened to partake in sexual activity. With changes in the economy, younger girls are coerced into working in prostitution and many, including women who already work in the industry are compelled to work for credit. This pattern exposes them to a vicious cycle which enslaves their individual choice, dignity and freedoms leaving them indebted to their pimps or owner. This is a common practice in brothels and red light districts; the product of sex trafficking remains the same and the supply and demand is also strong. The only thing that changes is the way of obtaining this and the people to target – we will aim to protect young women and girls from falling into this network by helping then to become entirely independent social actors and educating them to find meaningful employment but equipping them with the skills necessary to steer away from the sex market.
To Protect and Defend Workers Rights– The project will aim to address the problems that people at risk will encounter in multiplicity (gender, age, caste, etc) including labour opportunities. Labour trafficking can result in the lack of recognition for every individual’s right to work in respectful conditions, on a fair salary and in conditions of personal safety. Through the platform of legal assistance and professional opportunities, we want to support the inhabitants of the ‘Family House’ in the fight to advocate fair working conditions and pay and work to provide alternative options to people that otherwise are extremely vulnerable to be exploited.
Social Protection – Work to construct “effective” peace means in the attempt to pacify social tensions that exist within the region that are currently used due to the experience of hostility and abuse. These tensions are often based on poverty driven backgrounds, racial, gendered and caste-based discrimination, but also on factors such as unemployment. Considering this, the project will aim to avoid specific sectors of the Indian society fall within the networks that are constructed by traffickers, labour exploiters and other groups like drug dealers that reproduce violence and obstruct community cohesion. Considerations will also be made to traditional practices and groups that are culturally relative. This will assist the beneficiaries of the project but also will ultimately positively impact the community.