National Award Winning filmmaker Mr. Nagesh
Kukunoor made the film ‘Lakshmi’ in 2014. The
film depicted the harsh realities of human trafficking for
commercial sexual exploitation in India. Cinema lovers and
activists who have worked in the anti-human trafficking space
critically acclaimed the film.
Prerana was invited for a special screening organised for
the women from the red light areas of Kamathipura and Falkland
Road. These women and their children have been closely associated
with Prerana’s programs. After the screening the women
shared that they were deeply touched by the sensitive and
real depiction of the lives they have led. They appreciated
Mr. Kukunoor’s honest attempt at showcasing the realities
of their lives on celluloid.
The film ‘Lakshmi’ is based on a real life story.
The 'Lakshmi' Initiative is an attempt to prevent and protect
girls from the threats of trafficking, sexual abuse and commercial
sexual exploitation. In partnership with Prerana, the Lakshmi
Initiative aims at supporting and empowering ‘at risk’
girls through prevention, education and livelihood training
to provide them with the right to choose a path for themselves
and lead a life with dignity.
The Lakshmi Initiative was launched on the March 8, 2015
to commemorate International Women’s Day.
India is a source, destination and transit country for men,
women and children trafficked into forced labour and commercial
sexual exploitation. In fact, trafficking in human beings
is one of the largest criminal activities in India - close
to the trade in drugs and arms. According to some estimates,
the annual turnover in India is around INR 20 billion (approx.
Ninety percent of trafficking in India is internal, and those
from India’s most disadvantaged socio economic strata
including the lowest castes are particularly vulnerable to
forced or bonded labor and sex trafficking. The most vulnerable
amongst these are women and children who are trafficked for
forced prostitution. There are no official records of the
number of women and children working in prostitution but estimates
indicate that between 300,000 and 500,000 prostitutes in India
are children – about 40% of the industry.
Trafficking is a complex issue and requires a multifaceted
approach. Nonprofits have emerged in the last two decades
that look at various interventions along the chain of prevention,
protection and prosecution. Some work in source areas, some
work in destination areas, some work in rescue, some work
in rehabilitation, others focus on seeking to work with the
government to change policy.
Prerana : Protecting Rights, Creating Choices, Restoring
Prerana is a leader in India in the space of anti-human trafficking.
We are a civil society organization that started working in
the red light areas of Mumbai in 1986. Prerana serves the
actual and potential women and children victims of commercial
sexual exploitation & trafficking (CSE&T). We noticed
one of the greatest horrors in the red light areas which was
the ultimate plight of children born to prostituted women
and the children’s inescapable recruitment into the
organized sex trade. In response to the situation Prerana
pioneered several path-breaking interventions, monitored the
success stories out of each intervention and disseminated
them for mainstreaming.
At the heart of Prerana’s work is a globally acclaimed
model for the elimination of second generation trafficking
(ESGT) that comprises of a Night Care centre, Educational
Support Program and Institutional Placement Program for children
of commercial sex workers. Since inception more than 13,000
children and women have benefitted from our direct services.
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