A few facts about human trafficking:

According to a 2016 estimate by the Global Slavery Index, there are 45.8 million individuals involved in some form of modern slavery. Out of these, more than 18 million (highest in the world) people are living in conditions of modern slavery in India (Global Slavery Index 2016)

Globally, human trafficking is the second largest – and fastest growing – criminal industry in the world. (Polaris Project)

800,000 people, 80% women, are trafficked internationally every year. (The 2014 U.S. TIP Report)

Over 4.5 million individuals worldwide are victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation. (ILO Report, 2014)

Human trafficking earns profits of roughly $150 billion a year for traffickers. $99 billion of that is from commercial sexual exploitation. (ILO Report, 2014)

According to the 2015 State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, there were only 10,051 prosecutions and 4,443 convictions for trafficking globally in 2014. (The 2014 U.S. TIP Report)

75% to 77% victims enter the sex trade through trafficking (Report: Girls and women in prostitution in India, Supported by Department of Women and Child Development, Govt. Of India)

Only 0.15% (i.e. 1 in every 700) victims are ever identified ( US TIP Report 2012)

What We Do

For 28 years, we have worked towards prevention, protection, prosecution, and rehabilitation of girls through various rescues, operations and collaborations in an attempt to make a safe environment for the women and children affected by sex trafficking.

History

Pioneered in the year 1993 by Ajeet Singh, Guria, a 36 member NGO in India, works towards fighting the sexual exploitation of women & children, especially forced prostitution & sex trafficking

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which has further become severe and complex due to sex tourism and spread of HIV/AIDS. The blue print of the foundation was laid out way back in 1988 when Mr. Singh adopted three children of a woman from a red light area. The milestone is astonishing as Mr. Singh was only 17 years of age. Guria has fulfilled the absence of an organisation in India that works towards sex trafficking and forced prostitution of women and children since its inception. What sets Guria apart from other organizations is that not only do we strive to rescue victims, we also strive to fight the organized prostitution racket completely. Over the years of its working, Guria has managed to develop a multidimensional approach to fight sex trafficking successfully. While responding to their immediate suffering we are focusing on the root causes of prostitution - poverty and inequality. We strongly believe that it is not charity that is wanting in the world - it is justice to make a humane world where all beings co-exist in harmony.

Goals

India is a densely populated country which has a dichotomy between the fairly educated masses and those that suffer from poverty and corruption. In this context, Guria pursues a holistic grass-roots

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approach to fight slavery through the following three main goals:
  • To prevent human trafficking /unsafe migration
  • To end child prostitution
  • To prevent second generation prostitution

Rescue Missions

Part of our larger, holistic approach to combating human trafficking is to rescue women and children from being trafficked for sex and labour. Over the years, Guria has successfully rescued more than 2000 persons from the clutches of slavery.

Areas of Intervention

Guria has strived to intervene in various sectors to achieve our primary goal of rescuing women and achieving a place safe for women. Through the various activities Guria, has become successful in achieving the goals.


Activities

Through our various interventions regarding prevention, protection, prosecution and rehabilitation we strive towards providing a safe haven for the victims of flesh trade by helping them rebuild their lives.

Community Mobilization

We at Guria believe that to achieve sustainability for both the survivors and this movement against child trafficking and sexual exploitation, we need peoples’ ownership and participation at source, transit,

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and destination levels while dealing with the issue of slavery. To ensure this, we use various tools to reach people, including village meetings, availing government entitlements at vulnerable source areas, awareness campaigns through street plays and folk songs, foot and cycle marches to spread an understanding of human trafficking into the vulnerable families and communities. Such actions together convert into strong disciplined womens’ groups/vigilance committees which take self ownership and leadership to prevent further trafficking.

Campaigns in schools

Children, being the youngest section of the society, are easiest to mould and make the best messengers of social issues. By making the children aware, we also create awareness in their families and neighbours about the trafficking and exploitation.

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This is done through organizing various competitions like painting, essay writing and quiz competitions.

Legal interventions

Guria as an NGO that is dedicated towards prevention of human trafficking realises that merely carrying out rescue operations or charity work for the victims will not be effective in combating human trafficking.

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Guria has taken legal action thereby breaking up the criminal nexus through bail rejections of traffickers, victim/witness protection, mock trials, opposing custody of victims, brothel seizures, and convictions, etc. It is only legal intervention that will ensure the logical conclusion of our holistic approach, ensure a proper deterrence and set a precedent within society.

Bal Kendra

In order to prevent second generation prostitution, Guria works towards providing basic literacy to the children of the red light a Bal Kendra In order to prevent second generation prostitution, Guria works towards providing basic literacy to the

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children of the red light areas in and around Varanasi along with meals. In these centres a lot of post traumatic therapy is conducted to help the kids rise above their painful past through various forms of art, music and dance. Across 4 educational centres, Guria is supporting over 350 children.

Advocacy Campaigns

Guria has garnered support from the national agencies on human rights like National Human Rights Commision, National Commission for Women, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights in the cases related to sex trafficking, child prostitution and rape.

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Guria also launched a worlwide campaign against human trafficking titled “Freedom Now” (freedomnowcampaign.org), organized cultural events by marginalized folk artists and also shows its potential by organizing sensitization meetings of over 25,000 women every year against the rising crimes of child prostitution, rape and sex trafficking.

More Activities

To know more about the activities conducted by us for the upliftment of women

  • Sensitization of civic servants
  • International collaberations
  • Health support
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