Formal education isn’t always a priority for the marginalized children living in the red-light area. They may not even have access to formal education. Prerana’s Educational Support Program caters to all educational needs of children – be it curricular, co-curricular or extra-curricular. Education is essential for a successful and stable future. Here we share the story of Madhuri*, a child who fought the odds for her right to an education.
This case study is an effort to highlight the importance of age verification in cases of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.
When a child who has been missing from home, is found by the police or other relevant authorities, it is important to gather preliminary facts of the case before restoring the child immediately to the family. This is a case that highlights the link between missing children and sex trafficking.
In 2019, Prerana was referred a case of a child from one such community. Ishita (name changed), a native of Uttar Pradesh had been pushed into the sex trade by her family.
The prostituted women living in these RLAs have little to no agency. Often they are under close control of their brothelkeeper or aadmi (a kind of pimp), with little voice of their own. Here is one
such case of a prostituted mother who was forced to leave her child in the hands of her brothelkeeper, but continued to fight the odds to rescue her child.
Over the course of Prerana’s work in the red-light area, we have come across countless stories of a mother’s resilience to give her children the freedom they deserve. Here is one such case of a mother who fought for her son’s freedom from the clutches of her brothel keeper, and the impact created when multiple stakeholders work together.