by Erika Chambers
There are more than 3 million women and girls enslaved in India’s sex trade. They are there because they were born into it, manipulated, impoverished, or stolen. Many of these women were promised domestic or service work, but instead they were taken to brothels where their identification and belongings were confiscated; they were likely beaten and abused. And they were given an empty promise of freedom only after earning their purchase price through forced prostitution.
Escape is difficult, complex
Within India, the likelihood of escape is complicated by a culture of shame. So, even if these women escape and go home, their family is likely to say “I’m sorry, you have brought shame on yourself and our family, and you are not welcome here.” For many of these girls, leaving the sex trade is not really an option — they don’t believe they have another choice or place to go.
And, yet…there is HOPE.
This is where the work of International Princess™ Project begins. We know their lives are valuable and, despite a past filled with great trauma, we believe there is hope for their future. We partner with indigenous organizations in India to provide a place where they can regain their dignity, learn new skills, earn a fair-trade wage, help their children receive an education, and begin to heal.
At International Princess™ Project we seek to not only help these women and girls escape from a life of sexual slavery, we seek to bring them into a life of hope, dignity, and freedom. We are so thankful for each of you for supporting our mission, and standing with us in the fight against human trafficking and sex slavery.