Many people who are being enslaved and grossly exploited do not recognize the fact that they are enslaved, or know that the way they are being treated is illegal.
How can you be living in slavery and not know it?!
And the most common reason for the women and girls we work with:
So the first steps in helping people build long-term, empowered freedom are to educate them about their rights and the laws, help them gain literacy and education, and provide solid economic alternatives so they will never again be vulnerable due to extreme poverty.
“As we work to dismantle trafficking networks and help survivors rebuild their lives, we must also address the underlying forces that push so many into bondage. We must develop economies that create legitimate jobs, build a global sense of justice that says no child should ever be exploited, and empower our daughters and sons with the same chances to pursue their dreams. This month, I call on every nation, every community, and every individual to fight human trafficking wherever it exists. Let us declare as one that slavery has no place in our world, and let us finally restore to all people the most basic rights of freedom, dignity, and justice.” Barack Obama, 2013
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By Sarah Annay, creator of Vision for Empowerment workshops.
We first started offering Vision for Empowerment workshops in 2015. What started as an employment exploration project has turned into something even more empowering—a workshop that gives young women and girls a voice in Kolkata, through photography and visual storytelling.