How common is HIV/AIDS in India’s Red Light Areas?

How common is HIV/AIDS in India’s Red Light Areas? by Sarah Symons, Founder & Director, and Richa Gupta, Research Fellow One survivor who inspired the founding of Her Future was Anita, who I met at a shelter in Nepal in 2004.  Anita had been trafficked from Nepal to India at age 12, soon after the death of her father.  … Read more How common is HIV/AIDS in India’s Red Light Areas?

The Role of Tech in Human Trafficking

The Role of Tech in Human Trafficking by Her Future Research Fellow Richa Gupta That technology has made our lives infinitely easier and miles more convenient is an indisputable fact; but with the good must come the bad—with the benefits must come the darkness. Technology is increasingly being employed and abused for the purposes of … Read more The Role of Tech in Human Trafficking

Pain Won’t Be Her Only Story

Pain Won’t Be Her Only Story By Sarah Annay, Her Future Communications Director and creator of Vision for Empowerment workshops. We first started offering Vision for Empowerment workshops in 2015.  What started as an employment exploration project has turned into something even more empowering—a workshop that gives young women and girls a voice in Kolkata, through … Read more Pain Won’t Be Her Only Story

The Physical and Psychological Consequences of Human Trafficking

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The Physical and Psychological Consequences of Human Trafficking by Her Future Research Fellow Richa Gupta India is a beautiful country, boasting incredible diversity, natural landscapes, monuments, and colors. But with all this beauty and goodness comes the inevitable bad—and one such issue is the scourge of human trafficking. The United Nations has defined human trafficking … Read more The Physical and Psychological Consequences of Human Trafficking

How to Move Forward When All Seems Lost

How to Move Forward When All Seems Lost Last month, I visited our projects in India and Nepal for three weeks.  As always, I was awestruck by the courage and resilience of survivors.  Here are just a few of the remarkable women and children I got to spend time with… SARITA: At the age of 14, … Read more How to Move Forward When All Seems Lost

Why India and Nepal

Why India and Nepal? The latest report from the UN estimates that there are  over 40 million slaves in the world today.  40% of the world’s slavery is concentrated in South Asia.  This same region has the highest rates of child labor, child marriage and other severe problems affecting women and girls.   Why India?  India is caught between the developed and … Read more Why India and Nepal

A Day in the Life…Growing up in Calcutta Red Light Area

A Day in the Life…Growing up in Calcutta Red Light Area JUST FOR A MOMENT, IMAGINE AN HOUR IN THE LIFE OF ANI, A GIRL GROWING UP IN A RED LIGHT DISTRICT OF CALCUTTA…  It’s late on a winter’s afternoon and dusk is settling in. You are ten years old, and at the time when … Read more A Day in the Life…Growing up in Calcutta Red Light Area

Otherizing

Otherizing It troubles me that so many posters and campaigns about sex trafficking in the US depict a slender white girl with long, straight, blonde hair.  The reality is that 77% of victims in human trafficking incidents reported in the U.S. are people of color.  (Bureau of Justice Statistics Report). Of course, people of each and … Read more Otherizing