Sanlaap (meaning ‘dialogue’ in Bengali) was founded in 1987 and is located in the city of Kolkata, in the state of West-Bengal. This state hosts several large red light areas and is particularly vulnerable to trafficking.

Sanlaap runs a shelter for girls who are victims of human trafficking and forced prostitution. In the shelter home the girls receive medical care, trauma counselling, education and legal support. Sanlaap provides essential assistance to the girls in their reintegration process and their repatriation if they are not from India. The shelter accommodates 150 girls.

Given its geographic location and exposure to international borders, Sanlaap often supports victims from Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. West Bengal is a poor state and therefore an area in which significant trafficking in persons takes place. The girls are traded from the area and sold to brothels in major Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Pune.

Sanlaap is the partner of Free a Girl for the School for Justice programme. We educate survivors to become lawyers and public offenders to fight impunity.

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