Trafficking in Persons affects generations and not only individuals. The poor and vulnerable are the most susceptible and COVID-19 only reaffirmed this severe tragedy.
The 2021 theme for World Day against Trafficking in Persons is, “Victims’ voices lead the way”. It speaks so many things all at once. It speaks the truth, it speaks to the victims of abuse and it allows us the realisation, that hearing the voices of the victims and their truths, enables us to combat human trafficking.
My Choices Foundation held its 3rd Asian Anti-Trafficking Forum this week in anticipation of World Day against Trafficking in persons. We focused on equipping, strengthening and encouraging our grassroots’ stakeholders who work in the villages to keep the villages safe, encourage children and raise awareness on trafficking in persons.
This perfectly resonates with ‘Victims’ voices leading the way’. Through our grassroots stakeholders, we are able to amplify the voices of the victims and hear their accounts first-hand. Listening to the victims’ voices through our grassroots stakeholders allows us to focus on the crucial role they play in establishing effective measures to prevent trafficking, as well as measures to raise awareness more effectively through our Safe Village Program.
With the support from our grassroots’ stakeholders, we have conducted more than 5,000 Safe Village Programs across eight states in India, impacting 26,30,000 people. The programme adopts a holistic approach and focuses on sensitising at-risk community members about child trafficking, its causes, risk factors, creating awareness about ways to prevent child trafficking, sustaining the awareness and conducting vulnerability-reduction workshops. We believe that we can end sex trafficking together with collective knowledge and action.
On the 2021 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, I honour our grassroot stakeholders who are committed to listening to the stories of the victims and give them a voice. At My Choices Foundation, we are committed to giving each and every woman and child the choice to live life free from abuse and sexual exploitation. We thank you for joining us in the fight!