AN INITIATIVE TO SERVE THE TAKEN
“Prostitution exists today because women are objectified sexually, and because it is considered more permissible for men than for women to have purely sexual experiences.”
-RUTH MAZO KARRAS
How many of you have no choice in the profession you choose? Probably not many have the choice. Mainly because generational family businesses in India are so common that even professions like medicine, law, C.A and politics have become family practices. Unfortunately, the least talked about and most influenced by family profession, is prostitution. Prostitution doesn’t require an education. A child of a prostitute can enter the profession at an age of four, five or even earlier.
But, fortunately the suppressed still have some hope alive because of NGOs like Apne Aap Women’s Collective working in their favor.
Prostitution statistics in India
Approximately there are 2.3 million prostitutes in India, in which Mumbai has 1,00,000 female commercial sex workers. There are more than 2,75,000 brothels in India. A one-fourth of total prostitutes are minors. According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are over a million child prostitutes in Asia.
The numbers are high and so is the need for change. And therefore, we have organizations like Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) to serve the less privileged in society.
Apne Aap Women’s Collective(AAWC)
It is an anti-trafficking organization that serves women and children of Kamathipura (one of the largest red light area in Asia).
It holds three different programs:
§ Umeed: is operated for women in brothel-based prostitution (age 18+). The organization takes care of their health, education and other requisite needs.
§ Udaan: is for girls and daughters of Umeed members (age 5–18). The organization not only exposes them to education but also activities like music, dance, and arts.
§ Umang: is run for toddlers of the members of Umeed (age 2.5–5), working on their monthly curriculum.
The organization has served more than 2800 women and their daughters. It has also trained women for professions like nursing, photography, social work, teaching, business process outsourcing and many more.
· Willing to volunteer?
§ Anyone who is interested in volunteering can participate with AAWC for minimum three months in fields of their choice.
§ Volunteers have varied choices of work to serve the needful like teaching, photography, tutorial classes etc.
§ It’s an experience which can change your life.
§ Here is the link to know more about the organization; http://www.aawc.in/
You walk down the streets at 12 in the night, and see some women in glittery clothes luring you to come with them. You get scared; you walk off, go home and absolutely judge them. Have you ever thought how scared they are? How helpless they are to be shunned from the society? Probably, none of us give it a second thought. It is time to think for them and do for them.
AAWC has given us chance to glance through their life, understand their pain, and provide them with not only material requirements; but with loads of smiles.
Take a step forward. Serve loads of smiles!
This blog was written by one of our volunteer content writers, Ayushi Jain. She is a passionate researcher and writer, and this week, her blog outlines the activities of Apne Aap Women’s Collective.