Update: 05 May 2022 15:55 STI
New Delhi [India]May 5 (ANI/GPRC): Ajeet Singh was 17 when he first came to the aid of a sex worker’s children.
It was in 1988.
For nearly 25 years, he has dedicated his life to fighting against child prostitution, the trafficking of women and girls for sexual purposes and other second generation prostitution.
“We are doing all we can to save a girl and convict the brothel keeper and trafficker. What will you do to take care of your own child? Won’t you hold them safe with both hands, will you do all you can to protect them? you don’t take a bullet for your child?” asks Ajeet Singh, founder of Guria.
The first significant experience of rescuing child victims of sexual abuse took place in 1999 in the Banda district of Uttar Pradesh, when the father of the children was himself the culprit. Many people engage in sexual exploitation due to alleged traditional practices within a few communities and for economic reasons. In 2005, a rescue operation in the red-light district of Varanasi freed forty-nine women and girls, including minors, from various brothels. Many people have been convicted in this case. With these cases, Guria has established itself as the leading non-profit organization in Uttar Pradesh working for victims of sexual exploitation.
While Ajeet and her Varanasi-based organization rescued over 5,000 women and girls from sexual exploitation and slavery, made Varanasi’s red zone the first child prostitution-free red zone in India, and fought hundreds of cases in various courts against very powerful people without caring about his own safety, things have been tough for the past couple of years.
Guria says funds have been hard to come by because of the pandemic, and it’s become increasingly difficult to keep the good fight going. Ajeet Singh needs your support to continue working and replicating a holistic end-to-end strategy to rescue and protect victims of sexual exploitation, help prosecute traffickers and brothel operators, and carry out protection programs witnesses. In association with GiveIndia, India’s largest crowdfunding site, Guria has launched a fundraiser soliciting funds from ordinary people to meet its needs.
Guria also provides education, food, job training and legal aid to survivors against traffickers and brothel operators.
Many survivors are grateful for Guria’s support. For example, Ramala, a Nepali woman from the red-light district of Varanasi, says, “Sir ji (Ajeet Singh) has been fighting for us all the time, and now we are much safer from the tyranny of pimps, traffickers, brothel keepers, criminals etc. We were brought as little girls into this hellhole, but luckily there are no younger girls in the flesh trade.”
Guria provides livelihood support to survivors by training them to work in existing businesses, such as poultry, farming, tea house, general store, selling vegetables, opening new businesses such as driving automobiles, setting up flour mills, or even training them for government jobs. It also provides vocational training for survivors to become beauticians, nurses, electricians, photographers, caterers and for other professions.
In order to cover the expenses of Guria, the crowdfunding site “> online crowdfunding site GiveIndia has started a fundraiser for Guria. The funds raised will cover the expenses, for books and stationery for children attending schools in red light areas, nutritional support, vocational training/livelihood support for at-risk children in red light areas and vulnerable villages who openly practice prostitution, legal aid to fight traffickers and tenants brothels in 21 targeted districts and reaching nine states for rescue and awareness activities.
Hundreds of people around the world donate to the cause through crowdfunding. You can visit the site and donate to Guria.
GiveIndia exists to alleviate poverty by enabling the world to give. Established in 2000, it is the largest and most trusted donation platform in India. It allows individuals and organizations to conveniently raise and donate funds to any cause they care about, with offerings such as crowdfunding, corporate giving, cause marketing and philanthropy advice. . GiveIndia’s community of over 2 million donors and over 250 partners has supported over 2,500 verified nonprofits, serving over 15 million people across the country.
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