The Free a Girl Movement is a worldwide initiative of Free a Girl. In India the Free a Girl Movement is formed by the coalition of Sanlaap, Freedom Firm, Transforming Lives Foundation, Equal Community Foundation and Odanadi.
The Free a Girl Movement fights against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children and mobilises resources in the project countries itself. The Free a Girl Movement does this by raising awareness about the problem of child prostitution and the impunity of offenders of child prostitution. We believe there is a need to change the conversation, to mobilise society to rally behind the girls that have fallen victim to this crime, and to demand justice. It is important to break the silence in many countries about child prostitution and the need to prosecute the offenders. It is important that local individuals and companies contribute to the fight against child prostitution.
We are focusing on major cities in which there are large red light districts and Free a Girl Movement’s local allies and partners work: Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Bangalore, Mysuru (Mysore) and Kolkata (Calcutta). Free a Girl Movement will draw attention to the widespread impunity of the offenders (traffickers, pimps, brothel-owners and customers) but also to the need to change societal norms around child prostitution through the School for Justice.
Mallika Sherawat – Bollywood Actress
“India is on the brink of a rise and I want everyone to rise together. Unfortunately, India cannot realise its full potential ‘till its women and girls are safe. We have to take a stand against child prostitution. Not talking about it or not taking a stand is as much a problem. Every minute that we don’t take action there are women and girls suffering sexual exploitation and they do not have the luxury of waiting for an eventual change.”
Abhay Mokashi – Journalist
“Child trafficking and child prostitution are the worst crimes not merely against children, but against humankind as a whole. A society cannot be called civilised, unless these horrible crimes are stopped. Let’s put an end to child trafficking and child prostitution.”
Anupam Kher – Bollywood Actor
“When women are empowered they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them; their families, their communities, their country. This problem of child prostitution is not just about women. We men need to recognise and change the part we play too.”
Neela Satyanarayana – Retired State Election Commissioner
“Child trafficking and child prostitution hurt the soul of mankind. I see my own children in the faces of victims. We should never forget that these victims are also somebody’s children. They have a right to enjoy their childhood just like other children. We should all join hands in preventing these crimes and also rehabilitating the unfortunate victims.”