Project 'MUKTI' - Towards reducing incidences of commercial sexual exploitation in India
FXB India Suraksha has joined hands with the Ecpat Luxembourg in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg to help reduce incidences of trafficking of women and girls for commercial sexual exploitation in India.
With the overall objective of reducing vulnerabilities among women and girls, a three- year intervention in three of the most trafficking-prone source states of India – Assam, Manipur and West Bengal – and Goa as a major destination state for human trafficking was initiated with two more implementing partners- Anyay Rahit Zindagi (ARZ) for Goa (with MARG implementing some of its programmes in Darjeeling), and GOLD for Assam.
FXB India Suraksha will work in the source state Manipur in the conflict-ridden region of Northeast India with the activities focusing on the two districts of Imphal and Ukruhl. Imphal, the capital of Manipur was selected for intervention due to its role as a prominent transit and destination point for human trafficking and for the purpose of advocacy with government stakeholders. The hilly district of Ukruhl with its mainly tribal and impoverished population has emerged as an easy target for an expanding network of child traffickers from across the country.
The comprehensive community-driven intervention aims to empower women, local communities and district administration and build their capacities to effectively counter human trafficking. The three-year intervention period intend to achieve following outcomes:
- Identified and potential victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, particularly children, protected and direct assistance is provided to them.
- Awareness raised among key stakeholders in government, civil society and the general public – especially victims, potential victims and communities affected by human trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.
- Capacity of service providers strengthened to provide assistance to victims and to prevent trafficking in persons for commercial sexual exploitation
- Services and systems created or strengthened at village, taluka (sub district), district and state level to prevent trafficking in persons for commercial sexual exploitation.
- Coordination mechanisms among key stakeholders established or improved to prevent trafficking in persons for commercial sexual exploitation.
Over its course of three years, the project will reach out to more than 30,000 adolescent boys and girls, community members, service providers and various other official and non-governmental stakeholders in Manipur.