Our colleagues in South Asia risk their lives every day when performing their work of freeing young girls from brothels. To give you an insight into how they work we have described their work methods. Although every situation is different, the following summary may serve as a general overview.

A young chowkri (bonded sex worker) waits for customers on the 3rd floor of the Joinal Bari brothel in Faridpur, central Bangladesh. About 800 women and girls live and work inside the bustling brothel, comprised of four buildings situated on an important trading route on the banks of the Padma river. Many of chowkri are underage. Some of the girls are runaways who leave home to escape a bad situation or marriage, and end up on the brothels when they have no where else to go. Many others have been kidnapped and sold to a madame by a parent or relative. They must take on 5-10 clients per day, and most receive no pay because they must repay their debt to their madame. ..

Part IV Convicting human traffickers

To make a lasting change, we and our colleagues from the legal teams of our partner organisations are committed to convicting brothel owners and traffickers.

  • Our colleagues gather and document information about the accused person(s).
  • They file charges against the accused offender in the court.
  • The girl receives support and guidance from our colleagues in order to deal with the legal process.
  • The girl is asked to testify and her statement is officially recorded.
  • The girl’s lawyer (one of our colleagues) makes a plea to convince the court to convict the accused.
  • Our colleagues follow the case closely (sometimes cases run over several years). The trafficker receives a sentence or the case is acquitted if there is insufficient evidence.