Our approach

Free a Girl mainly focuses on two key objectives:

  1. Stopping child prostitution
    We have divided our projects in programme countries into six pillars: preventoon, liberation, tackling impunity, lobbying & advocacy, rehabilitation and reintegration.
  2. Making people around the world aware of the existence of child prostitution and the urgency of fighting it.
    By High-profile campaigns, PR and free publicity, ambassadors, documentaries, influencers.

At Free a Girl, we think that it is intolerable that children are exploited in the sex industry. Child prostitution is one of the most flagrant violations of children’s rights. We believe that too little is being done around the world to fight the problem effectively. According to our partners in India, the victims are becoming younger and younger, and according to our own research, there were just 55 convictions in India in 2015, while it is estimated that 1.2 million girls are victims of commercial sexual exploitations in this country every day.

Free a Girl was founded in 2008 by Yolanthe Sneijder-Cabau, Arjan Erkel, Evelien Hölsken and Roelof van Laar. It was born out of great enthusiasm and a sense of justice: that these children, especially girls, must be freed from the brothels in which they are being held. Not by talking, but by taking action.

Now, nine years on, Free a Girl has gained considerable expertise in the complex problem of tracking in girls and the specific regions in which we work. We have also built up significant expertise through the programmes that we have implemented. At Free a Girl, we still believe in our approach to rescuing girls, but we also believe that the impunity and great ignorance surrounding the problem are helping to maintain the system. Sustainable change also has to come from the programme countries themselves. Free a Girl wants former vic ms to play a role in this, as ‘change agents’.

In the coming years, we will focus our interventions on rescuing girls from prostitution, tackling impunity, providing employment for victims in order to empower them, and carrying out lobbying & advocacy projects to create support.

We will actively raise funds and engage in communications in both the Netherlands and internationally. Child prostitution is a global problem that requires a global solution. With a large international following, we believe that in the near future we will be able to force governments to implement legislation and act against corruption and impunity. After all, the legislation to protect victims already exists, but it is not being enforced.