Last week, eight women moved from shelters in Delhi to the Not For Sale transition home. The women were all either survivors of trafficking or highly vulnerable to it. The transition home is part of our larger plan of action in Delhi to provide opportunities of employment for survivors of trafficking in the region, reintegrating them into society.
Due to extreme poverty, individuals from Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan are often trafficked into Delhi where they are susceptible to forced labor, begging and prostitution. The capital city is a large hub for the illicit sex industry. With a population of over 12 and a half million people and lack of public resources, many people fall into the cycle of trafficking even after being rescued and seeking rehabilitation.
In India, Not For Sale works with ethical manufacturers, such as Open Hand, that provide employment and life skills training, such as language and financial planning support, to exploited women. Living in the transition house is significant in the lives of these women for several reasons. For one, Open Hand’s factory is located some distance from where these women lived, thus they found it difficult to make the commute to work – some travelled two hours for this opportunity to learn and work in a safe and dignified environment. The commute to and from work left little time in the evenings to focus on the life skills taught alongside job training. The women were also unable to live independently given the insecurity of their situation. However, with the guidance of a live in guardian, they share the responsibility of the running costs of the house and are provided much needed support and security.
Significantly, this transition house can have an immense effect in breaking the cycle of human trafficking. Knowing that there is a facility where these women can go, shelters are now able to see a light at the end of the rehabilitation process and focus on tangible goals for each woman by creating individual plans for reintegration from the point of their rescue. This greatly increases the efficiency of the rehabilitation process. We are pleased to report that the eight women are ecstatic with their new home and have taken instant ownership of the space and are incredibly proud to be earning and managing their keep.
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