India is a hub for sex trafficking, with an estimated three million females in forced prostitution throughout the country. Kolkata is at once a trafficking destination, a transit area for women being trafficked from Bangladesh and Nepal to the rest of India, and a source area. Girls living in poverty in rural India face significant risk factors for being trafficked for labor or for sex. When under-aged victims of sex trafficking are rescued, they are placed in the aftercare system. At the age of 18, they age out of the system. Young women aging out of aftercare are left with even greater risk for re-trafficking or are left without a choice but to voluntarily re-enter the trade out of economic necessity. Learn more about Re-trafficking below. A fair-wage job in a restorative environment can provide these young women with the means to economic stability, healthy recovery, and dignity-affirming reintegration into society.
How many women will be employed in the new unit? Up to 68 women can be employed for freedom at the new unit. 30 employees, trainers, and managers from one of our current units will move into the new unit and create a foundation for a safe and restorative work environment. An additional 38 women will be hired, with a special focus on employing young women exiting aftercare.
Large or Small your gift makes a Difference
Invest in a space for freedom – there are 2700 Square Feet of Opportunity for Freedom! With your support, Sari Bari will purchase a building for a new production unit where more women will find freedom and opportunity. Invest in Professional Sewing Machine Training for one young woman as she begins her freedom journey with Sari Bari. Providing professional sewing skills are an integral part Sari Bari production as well as an investment of sustainable jobs skills for young women for opportunities beyond Sari Bari .
Giving as of April 2016: