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Background

Guriya started working since 1992 to address the issues related to children of sex workers and to fight against forced prostitution. It began its journey with the adoption of 3 children of a woman in prostitution (WIP). After fighting their cause for all these years either by taking up their problem with the National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Women, etc. or by running educational programs for the children of the WIP, pimps, etc., Guriya has been able to break the nexus of mafia-pimp-police in a big way. The team in Guriya believes that the children must be allowed to join the mainstream and get exposed to the outer world instead of telling them sermons of morality. Guriya is now concentrating on eliminating second-generation prostitution, preventing child prostitution and trafficking of women and children for prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation. It also works for creating an exploitation free red light area. The strategy is to create awareness among the women in prostitution of their human and civil rights and to end their dependence on the criminal nexus of prostitution in the ‘red light areas’.

Situation

The extent of trafficking in the eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh is grave, and inaction on part of the administration makes it even worse. The geographical location of the state makes it feasible for the origin, transition and culmination from point of view of trafficking. There has been an increase in the number of people missing from the state and it includes mostly minor girls and women. With further breakdown of the data, 94% of the missing persons are from backward and scheduled caste. Children and women are easily trafficked to other states of the country as well as cross border. In the past few years, there has been a major increase in the cross border trafficking through Nepal as it shares free border with India. While women and children are particularly vulnerable to trafficking for the sex trade, human trafficking is not limited to sexual exploitation.

It also includes persons who are trafficked into 'forced' marriages or into bonded labor markets, such as sweat shops, agricultural plantations, or domestic service. One of the most important constraints in developing sustainable and comprehensive strategies to combat trafficking has been the lack of validated data and information. Law enforcement is hampered by serious limitations as trafficking is a very complex crime, extending beyond the jurisdictional boundaries of law enforcement officials. This is further compounded by lack of proper procedures for assessment of age of the rescued victims, inadequacy of women police staff, and absence of training / orientation / infrastructure as well as public support systems.

Objectives

  • To study the origin, transit and culmination point of child trafficking and child prostitution in Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
  • To prepare the case studies of traffic children for understanding socio-economic causes of child trafficking and child prostitution.
  • To initiate awareness campaign in the transit and culmination point of child trafficking and child prostitution.
  • To develop interface with government officials, law makers, media so as to sensitize them against child trafficking and child prostitution.
  • To develop network with grassroots organizations to address the root causes of child trafficking and child prostitution.
  • To develop interface with other organizations, UN bodies, international organizations, Govt. organization like NHRC, Women Commission, and Children Welfare Committee on issues of child trafficking and child prostitution.

Review and Impact


The organization has come up as an icon for taking up the issue of trafficking at all levels. The dedication to the issue is well reflected in the long term involvement of the organization on issues related to trafficking and working continuously for the cause. Guriya has made itself a well known face at the national as well as international level. The Organization continues to work in the red light area of Shivdaspur even today and now has extended its work in the red light area of Mau. In Mau also, the Organization is working on the same line like Shivdaspur.

  • Information on missing children was collected from the intervention area through primary data collection and scanning of print media reports.
  • 205 cases of missing children have been identified and all the cases were visited to understand the scenario.
  • Follow up done on 131 legal cases against 414 traffickers.
  • 3 Rescue operations taken up by Guriya in Varanasi Range.
  • With continuous efforts, red light area of Varanasi (Shivdaspur) has been declared as India’s only Minor Free Commercial Sex Area on the basis of the survey conducted by Times of India.
  • Case Studies of trafficked children prepared to understand the socio – economic reasons of child trafficking and child prostitution.
  • Awareness program on human trafficking was organized in Maharajganj district where approximately 200 children were present.

Plans


  • Collection of data on information of missing children from intervention area and scanning of media reports on traffic children.
  • Prepare Case Studies of trafficked children share it in different forums as well as to broaden their perspective.
  • Identification of volunteers in the community and make them more vigilant and alert on the issue of trafficking and exploitation.
  • To initiate awareness campaign in the transit, source and culmination points of child trafficking and child prostitution.
  • To develop interface with the state and central govt. officials, law makers, media so as to sensitize them against child trafficking.

ANNUAL FINANCIAL SUMMARY

  • Right to Protection
    $13,194
  • Administration
    $11,750
  • Total Grant Approved
    $24,944