Human Traffic Watch

Girls’ school shines in village notorious for sex-trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

There is nothing apparently different in this village at first glance. But if one looks deeper, they can spot the winds of change that have been blowing over Piyali in South 24-Parganas.

For six years now, girls are safe in the village once infamous for sex trafficking. And it is a school meant for every girl child of the village that has helped bring this change.

Piyali Learning Centre started in 2007, a social initiative jointly run by the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan and the US-based NGO, Pace Universal. Though yet to secure an affiliation from the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, the school runs classes from nursery to Class IX exclusively for village girls. The two social welfare groups ensure that each girl child takes admission in the school and does not spend time outside either home or school because the abduction rate of girls for the flesh trade racket was extremely high here. A large number of women who live in Piyali have been rescued from the flesh market. According to police reports, there have been instances of parents willingly selling their daughters to touts.

At the school, children are taught English though the teaching medium is essentially in the vernacular. Happily, most have picked up the language fast and are even trying to educate their parents. “I am illiterate but my daughter is teaching me,” said 38-year-old farmer Badal Mondol, who was among the first parents to send his daughter, Shampa, to this school.

 Source: Times of India

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