Police and NGOs collaborate to empower village girls and reduce risk of trafficking
(Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), India) In a collaborative effort to prevent trafficking, NGOs and Police in Ranchi, India created a job training program for girls from high risk villages in the Palamu and Latehar regions. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Action against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ATSEC) and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) worked together to conduct the first pilot three-month training program for 30 girls who are from villages with a history of vulnerability to trafficking. Nearly half the participants were survivors of trafficking and others had family members, friends and or neighbors who had been trafficked. As part of the training the girls learned marshall arts and other forms of self-defense. At the ceremony celebrating their completion of the program, the CRPF Director General announced a commitment to give recruitment priority to former participants of the training.
Programs such as this one are essential in the fight to combat human trafficking. One major characteristic that often puts people at high risk of being trafficked is lack of job skills. Providing job training, particularly paired with a commitment to hiring preference, greatly reduces the chances of the participants falling prey to traffickers.