Trafficking - Andhra Pradesh
UNICEF, in collaboration with the district administration and a local NGO, has set up a data base of trafficking routes, traffickers, and trafficked minors and women in order to help make effective interventions.
UNICEF's focus on community mobilisation and prevention has facilitated the establishment of village based anti- trafficking committees comprising of local youth, self- help group members and elected representatives.
These committees monitor, follow up and counsel girls and women who are approached by relatives or friends in the guise of offering employment. The committees have also initiated action against traffickers by registering police cases against them. And, motivated by the local administration, they have linked vulnerable women and girls to development schemes.
Minors and women are trained in livelihood skills and facilitated to find alternative options. A variety of conditions compel women and children to take up sex work. These range from acute poverty, the family's inability to pay dowry, desertion or widowhood, or being lured into the profession by promise of a job, to an overall lack of skills as a result of little or no education.