ASIA/INDIA - Freed from prostitution to become lawyers who pursue exploiters

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - Children systematically mistreated and forced into prostitution with 20 clients per day, without rights, no voice and no one worrying about their inhuman conditions. This is the harsh reality of over a million girls who are victims of child prostitution in India. It is a phenomenon that even the Country's punitive laws are unable to curb. Since April 2014, the Dutch Free a Girl Foundation has proposed to intervene against this hell.
Thanks to the School for Justice, 19 young people survived the abuse of exploiters and will be trained so that they can access University and study Law. According to the founder of the project, the goal is not only to redeem these girls from prostitution networks but to transform them into the best lawyers and public prosecutors in the Country, in order to eradicate the impunity enjoyed by exploiters in India.
"Society sees us as something alien, almost like an insect that has no right to live or become part of society. My family continues not to accept me", says one of the girls to Fides, who, along with her companions, lives and studies every day until she can access the university thanks to a scholarship. Given the importance of the program, it may also be launched in Brazil where, according to UNICEF, there are 250,000 girls forced into prostitution. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 18/7/2017)