In India, one child disappears in every eight minutes. What happens to these children? A number of them are trafficked, sold off and enslaved, for sexual exploitation and forced labour. While a fraction of them are rescued by law enforcement, even after that, their challenges don’t end.
The survivors are locked up in shelter homes, Isolated from the outer world, these survivors receive ineffective vocational training and poor counselling. Inside these boundaries, they can’t even reach out to a lawyer to appeal against their forced detention. When the survivors return home from these institutions, they are left to fight poverty and stigma on their own.
Sanjog’s initiative in collaboration with Partners in Anti Trafficking and BBSS in West Bengal, Shakti,is a community-based rehabilitation programme for survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation that enables survivors claim rehabilitation in a free setting in a community, instead of a locked shelter home. It enables survivors to assimilate in their families, in a community, with freedom, guidance and assistance to fight poverty and overcome social stigma. CBR does not treat a survivor as a helpless victim who is dependent at every stage of recovery. It respects their potential to make their own decisions and shape their future despite the hardships.
Every survivor who has been served well by the system and has found justice becomes an empowered leader, for whom combating human trafficking becomes a personal cause.
Shakti leads to empowered Panchayats, politicians, administrators, health workers, police and lawyers who become more efficient in implementing anti trafficking policies.
It finally leads to prevention of human trafficking and ending modern day slavery
Shakti has created technology for beneficiaries of the programme – survivors of trafficking – to evaluate performance of all service providers and duty bearers, from social workers, to Panchayat Members, Block Development Officers, health workers and hospitals. It is their evaluation of services received and their experience of interface that tells us performance rating of different stakeholders in the eco system. MIS reports generated from this data also indicates good practices, innovations and better performers and informs how to incentivize leadership.
Its effective for rehabilitation of survivors in
Its Cost efficient as compared to huge budgets to run shelter homes
Its Replicable since its logical in its technology and integrated design and not creating new structures
Its Innovative since it directly leads to survivors’ leadership and resilient communities
Its Relevant for India today fighting against human trafficking and children and women forced in closed shelters
in collaboration with Partners for Anti-Trafficking and Birangana Seva Samity, in West Bengal