Walking against bride trafficking in India
(EMPOWER PEOPLE, India).- The Indian NGO EMPOWER PEOPLE is organizing its first "Walk against Bride Trafficking" to raise awareness about human trafficking for the purpose of forced marriage. The walk will start next January 30 in Assam and it will end in New Delhi.
EMPOWER PEOPLE is an Indian NGO working to protect female victims of violence and mitigate post-violence trauma. EMPOWER PEOPLE is also one of the pioneer organizations focusing on the issue of human trafficking for the purpose of forced marriage.
What is also called "bride trafficking" affects a yet unknown number of girls, particularly from poor backgrounds, who are deceived and trafficked to be sold as brides. According to information gathered by EMPOWER PEOPLE in India, a middleman seeks an agreement on an arranged marriage with the family of the girls. Later those girls are transferred to another places where there is a high demand of brides.
The main focus of EMPOWER PEOPLE lies on awareness raising and sensitization trainings for law enforcement agencies. The organization is also offering direct victim support and assistance to women vulnerable to human trafficking and domestic violence.
EMPOWER PEOPLE is currently developing projects of community engagement and rehabilitation of trafficking victims in both source and destination areas in seven states of India.