Freedom, Hope and Justice for India's Dalits. DFN UK campaigns and takes direct action to prevent the trafficking of Dalits - Untouchables - in India. Dalits make up to half of the 27 million people trafficked into modern slavery around the world today.
31 December 2017
A refuge shelter for survivors of trafficking and exploitation with a vocational skills training centre for vulnerable Dalit women and girls
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Tarika Refuge Shelter and Skills Centre
Bringing hope to the most vulnerable
Tarika – meaning 'star' – is a multi-layered approach to prevention and rehabilitation in relation to sex trafficking. The centre is located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, which is a rich source for human traffickers. Women and girls are particularly at risk, especially in relation to the sex trade. Criminals exploit the lack of opportunities by luring victims with promises of jobs or opportunities to study. This is particularly attractive to the poverty stricken lower castes. Karnataka is also home to the Devadasis, around 100,000 Dalit women who were dedicated to a goddess when they were young children and, in effect, sold for sex when they reached puberty. Many of them are still trapped in this ritualised prostitution.
Rehabilitating sex trafficking survivors
Tarika provides accommodation and rehabilitation for women and girls who have been rescued from exploitation, particularly from sex trafficking. The Centre facilitates counselling and tutoring for either school work or vocational skills, dependent on the age and situation of residents. Between six and ten women and girls can be accommodated at any one time.
Building confidence and developing skills
The other main aspect of the Centre’s work is offering vocational and skills training for up to a hundred women, many of them from slum areas. These are among the most vulnerable to exploitation. They can participate in courses of between three and twelve months in duration in sewing and embroidery, IT, spoken English and other subjects. Job opportunities are accessed through networking with local entrepreneurs and businesses. Although gaining new skills is an attractive proposition, a key element in Tarika’s approach is to build confidence in women who have often been marginalised and abused. Counselling is also available for these women, along with tutoring for older girls to encourage them to stay in school.
Tarika networks with a group of anti-trafficking NGOs operating in Karnataka, working closely with organisations involved in rescuing victims of human trafficking.
Make a difference; transform lives
Your donations will enable us to continue and develop this vital work. You can help us make a real difference in the lives of these women.
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