Made By Survivors
Esther Benjamin Trust rescues children who have been enslaved in Indian circuses. The children are often sold to the circuses by desperate parents, or the parents are deceived as the actual circumstances awaiting their children. Girls in these circuses are routinely sexually exploited in private shows. Both boys and girls are deliberately malnourished to stunt their growth, and forced to perform dangerous acts without safety nets, which sometimes results in permanent crippling. Without education or care, the children soon become very depressed and insecure. It can take months or years of patient counseling and care before they can see any hope of a future. Fortunately, this level of care is exactly what EBT provides.
Based in Kathmandu, Maiti Nepal was our first NGO partner. 450 trafficking survivors and children of survivors live at Maiti Nepal’s shelter – it is one of the largest shelters in the world. Several hundred other survivors and high risk girls live in short-term residences throughout Nepal. Survivors at Maiti are typically rural Nepali girls who were trafficked into Indian brothels between 10 and 14 years of age. In fact, it was during a visit to Maiti Nepal that we first got the idea for The Emancipation Network, after asking Maiti’s founder what she most needed help with. Her answer: economic self-sufficiency for the older girls, many of whom are 18 or 19 years old with almost no formal schooling. These older survivors want to be able to live independently
Trafficking and slavery occur throughout the world, in every country, including the United States. Currently, TEN has partners in four regions: South and Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the USA.
Please read the regional descriptions to find out what global slavery looks like today.