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Guriya started working since 1992 to address issues related to children of sex workers and to fight against forced prostitution. Guria started its journey with adoption of 3 children of a woman in prostitution (WIP). After fighting their cause for all these years with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Commission for Women, running educational programs for the children of the WIP, Guriya has been able to break the nexus of the mafia-pimp-police to a great extent. 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’.

Guriya has opened a balwadi for the children of WIP and a tailoring centre for stitching and embroidery in the red light area of Varanasi. In 1994 Guria opened NFE centres and about 120 children are taking their primary level education there. Presently Guriya is sponsoring 39 students who are studying in mainstream public schools. The centre also helps in grooming children to be admitted in regular schools within the vicinity, instead of an exclusive school (isolation ward) for the children of WIP. The NFE center serves as a base for taking up referral health services, emotional & economic support to the children of WIP.


The extent of trafficking in the eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh is grave, and inaction on the 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 in India, as well as cross border. In the past few years, there has been a major increase in cross border trafficking through Nepal, as it shares a 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 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.


  • To study the origin, transit and culmination point of child trafficking and child prostitution in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
  • To prepare case studies of trafficked children for understanding the socio-economic causes of child trafficking and child prostitution.
  • To initiate awareness campaigns 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 interface with other organizations, UN bodies, international organizations, Govt. organization like NHRC, Women’s Commission, and the Children Welfare Committee on issues of child trafficking and child prostitution.


The organization is working on the issue of child trafficking. 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 and has extended its work in the red light area of Mau. In Mau also, the organization is working on the same lines as Shivdaspur.

Some of the activities in the review period are:
  • During the year, 145 missing cases were identified and all the cases were visited to understand the scenario.
  • In 36 cases, children were rescued and sent back to their families after Guria’s intervention.
  • 185 legal cases are being followed up by Guriya against 568 traffickers.
  • 50 new legal cases against 154 traffickers were started in 2011.
  • 3 rescue operations have been taken up by Guriya this year in which 3 minor girls had been rescued.
  • Times of India covered the issue of trafficking in India giving a special feature on the model of Guria and also shared facts and figures.
  • The staff were engaged with children of class 8 to 10 in different schools to create awareness about child trafficking. Painting competitions were used as a medium to reach out to children.


  • Collection of data on missing children from the intervention area and scanning of media reports on trafficked children.
  • Prepare case studies of trafficked children and documentation of the socio–economic condition of trafficked children.
  • Ensure highlighting of the issues related to trafficking through features in local, regional and national media.
  • Anti trafficking campaign in the transit, source and culmination points of child trafficking and child prostitution.
  • Identification of volunteers in the community and make them more vigilant and alert on the issue of trafficking and exploitation.
  • To develop interface with the state and central government officials, law makers, media so as to sensitize them against child trafficking.


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