Fighting Human Trafficking at the Source

JVI Volunteer Anna Kim and Freeset founder Annie Hilton, with Murshidabad residents

JVI Volunteer Anna Kim and Freeset founder Annie Hilton,  with Murshidabad residents

JVI Expands Partnership with Freeset to Fight Human Trafficking

Murshidabad, West Bengal.  Over the last several years, JVI has been working closely with justice partner Freeset through the Shop for Freedom Campaign (SFF) to help bring freedom to woman in the sex trade.  Last month, JVI volunteers Tom and Anna Kim (Tom is a JVI board member and Anna has pioneered SFF and serves with Freeset as well) traveled to the rural district of Murshidabad, West Bengal, a key human trafficking source area, to work with Freeset in supporting a new initiative to fight human trafficking. The initiative brings together JVI’s anti-trafficking legal expertise with Freeset’s freedom business vision and experience.

Building upon the success of Freeset Bags and Apparel in Kolkata, India, the Freeset Business Incubator will nurture and support the development of freedom businesses to bring freedom to vulnerable groups at source (villages where women and young girls come from) and destination areas (red light districts). As a partner of Freeset, JVI will deliver a range of legal support including collaborative legal case work, human rights training, advocacy, and business legal support to freedom businesses.  JVI plans to staff an office in Murshidabad with one or more lawyers and paralegals to assist Freeset Business Incubator.  JVI will also deploy our legal advocates based in other parts of India to provide support and assistance in specialized areas of law — whether human rights matters (anti-trafficking, perpetrator accountability, and human rights violations) or business law advice and support.  Proactive and collaborative legal intervention with local partners will serve to help prevent the trafficking of women and girls at rail stations and other transit points before they are deprived of their freedom and taken far from their homes.

Please prayerfully consider supporting us on these ventures to bring freedom opportunities to the people of Murshidabad, West Bengal.
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  1. Debarshi Chatterjee 6 years ago April 11, 2014

    “Kuttitola” Human Welfare Society was born in 2007 with a motto of ensuring Rights of Women and Girl Children, securing and protecting them against all forms of discrimination, abuse and violence.
    “Kuttitola” was eventually registered as a society under the W.B. Societies Registration Act, 1961 on the 19th November,2009 to facillate its fonctioning.
    During this time, “Kuttitola” had focused their aims on combating trafficking in girls and women for commercial sexual exploitation with the activities included set up a “legal care & support centre” with the help of D.L.S.A for the children and women born and grown up in Malda RED LIGHT areas, at Women’s College,Slum areas etc with an aim to ensure their rights and care. Extensive awareness generation and empowerment initiatives among girls and women from impoverished rural and urban communities in Coochbehar(Dinhata-1&2,Tufangunj 1&2), Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur(Hilli, Balurghat and Patiram),Malda and Murshidabad (Farakka, Samsergunj,Suti) training and sensitization of Police, BSF,Panchayets, and other stake holders to ensure their pro-active participation, implimentation of legislation and more enactments.
    In this regard we would like to net work with you to combat False Marriage, unsafe migration and rescue the victims of sex trafficking

  2. justiceventures 5 years ago May 20, 2014

    Will you please forward more information to

    Thank you for your work for freedom.

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