Sex trafficking is a major issue in India. Almost every year, thousands of girls across the country are sold into sex slavery.
Human trafficking is the third largest organized crime after drugs and the arms trade across the globe. Close to 80% of the human trafficking across the world is done for sexual exploitation and the rest is for bonded labor and India is considered as the hub of this crime in Asia.
Government has passed a bill in which laws related to sexual violence and making sex trafficking have been amended. But still there is a huge gap between enactment and enforcement of these laws.
Survivors of the crime of Commercial Exploitation of Children (CEC) are today aiming to become top-level lawyers, as per local news.
All the girls are with different stories. Some were child brides sold into prostitution by their husbands, some were sent away by their families as domestic helps into unknown houses. But they all seem to have one thing in common, the one thing that is to touch the sky and fly high.
They want to study law to become public prosecutors to stop crimes against the girls. They are supported by the School for Justice. They have collaborated with the top law colleges in the country.
The School for Justice is an initiative to train victims of child trafficking to become lawyers. They are empowering them in this process. The goal is to empower former victims to change how India’s legal system fights trafficking ― because all too often, perpetrators aren’t brought to justice.
The CEO of Free a Girl Movement India, Francis Gracias said, “The girls with us are very positive in their outlook, but they still have a drive for justice. That is why they are so passionate about wanting to be a part of the solution. They want to help other victims. The system has failed them but instead of being pushed back by it, they are actively working to become a part of it and amend it.”