Sunitha Krishnan – “The Sex-Slave Rescuer”

March 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Daily Beast continues its lead up to the first Women in the World summit taking place in New York March 12-14 with Michelle Goldberg’s profile of sex-slave rescuer Sunitha Krishnan who is scheduled to speak.

There is one word for this woman: fearless.  Ms. Krishnan is the founder of anti-trafficking organization Prajwala.  In the last 14 years Prajwala has educated the children of sex workers, rescued over 4,00o women and children from slavery, rehabilitated the vast majority returning them to near-normal lives, and created an ambitious job training program.

The statistics for sexual trafficking and slavery in India are daunting.  As Goldberg points out, “Sex trafficking and forced prostitution are massive industries in India. Precise numbers are hard to come by, but the Indian government estimates that the country has almost 3 million sex workers, more than a third of whom started as children. (Some NGOs say the proportion is even higher.)”

What Sunitha Krishnan has accomplished is nothing short a marvel.  And her tireless work continues.  There is no doubt that she’ll inspire summit with her talk.

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