#MeToo Victim of SexTrafficking Campaign is a national campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to get the voices of victims of sex trafficking in public domain. The need for this campaign was felt based on the experience that the victims of sex trafficking are not seen as victim of sexual violence.
Victims of sex trafficking viewed as "prostitutes", who are different from other girls and women and cannot be raped. It is a common view that the girls and women get into commercial sexual activity willingly, because of easy money, lot of money, sexual problems, etc. One of the major reasons for this misinformation has been that the public is not aware about the real situation of victims of sex trafficking, as the victims do not communicate directly with public.
The victims due to fear of being identified and harassed do not come in public and share their experiences and demands. Lack of sharing by the victims causes misinformation about the reason of their entry, life while in prostitution and reasons for not exiting from sexual exploitation.
Most of the information about the victim is either misinformation or motivated information put in public domain by those who are benefitting by this or failing in doing their duty to protect and rehabilitate them.
The perception of the public does play a key role in action by law enforcement agencies and in legislating laws and policies relating to victims of sex trafficking.
It is only the voices of victims of sex trafficking would help ensuring, correct information about reason of their entry in commercial sexual activity, life while in commercial sexual exploitation and reasons for unable to exit from commercial sexual exploitation.
About the campaign:
Under the campaign #MeToo victim of SexTrafficking, victims of sex, trafficking will be audio recording their experiences, views and demands. The audio-recorded messages will be uploaded on YouTube to enable the public to get informed about, correct information about reason of their entry in commercial sexual activity, life while in commercial sexual exploitation and reasons for unable to exit from commercial sexual exploitation. It is a national movement to enable victims of sex trafficking to share their experiences, views and demands.
"MANDI" consists of four documentaries, highlighting experiences of victims of commercial sexual exploitation from the red-light areas of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Goa in their own voices.
The documentaries highlight the exploitation faced by the victims at different stages during their life in commercial sexual exploitation:
The four documentaries:
How you can get associated or contribute?
We believe that the victims of sex trafficking have taken the first step by sharing their experiences in the documentary MANDI and it is now our duty to take it ahead.
Public can play a key role in disseminating the documentaries and creating awareness about victims of sex trafficking and make a difference in the lives of lakh's of victims of sex trafficking who are being violated every day.
You can contribute by, first educating yourself by listening to their voices in the documentaries and then forwarding it to others so that they can be educated.
Today, social media plays a very important role in disseminating information. If you can post the link of the documentaries on your facebook wall, share on WhatsApp or circulate on email to your friends it would be a great service and help to prevent trafficking and get justice and services for the victims of sex trafficking.