BENEFITING: APNE AAP INTERNATIONAL INC
Dear Friends and Family,
I want to introduce you to a wonderful grassroots organization called "Apne Aap". I first heard about Apne Aap when the story of its founder, Ruchira Gupta, was featured in the internationally-bestselling book "Half the Sky."
Ms. Gupta is an Indian sex trafficking abolitionist, journalist, and activist. She has worked for over 25 years to end sex trafficking and has been honored for her work by nations, governmental leaders, and organizations on a global scale. In 2002, she established a nongovernmental organization known as Apne Aap, which addresses women's rights and the eradication of human sex trafficking.
Apne Aap has organized over 15,000 women and girls trapped in or at risk of prostitution in India. ApneAap works to empower girls and women to resist and end sex trafficking by organizing marginalized women and girls into small self-empowerment groups, where they work collectively to access their legal, social, economic, and political rights.
"Apne Aap stands for a Third Way of dealing with sex trafficking and prostitution. We want girls and women trapped in prostitution to be decriminalized, which means they should not be punished by the law for being in prostitution or having to conduct any ancillary activities connected to prostitution like soliciting. We believe that, for most women, prostitution is a survival strategy at best and bonded labor and slavery at worst. Most women and girls are forced into prostitution by circumstances or actual physical brutality.
Prostitution is not a choice but results from the absence of choice since most women who are forced into prostitution come from marginalized castes, classes, races, religions, and ethnicities. We want those who profit from women’s abuse and take advantage of their vulnerabilities, which may be the consequence of factors ranging from poverty to gender, to be held accountable and punished severely. These include recruiters, transporters, agents, middlemen, pimps, brothel owners, brothel managers, financiers, moneylenders, landlords, and other traders. We also want those who buy sex to be penalized and punished depending on the nature and extent of their crime. Apne Aap strives to increase choices and decreased vulnerability for women and girls.
We want budgets to be allocated by the government and the private sector to invest in the education, housing, livelihoods, and access to justice for marginalized girls and women to increase their choices and make them less vulnerable to the pressure of traffickers."
Please join me in helping these young women escape a life of modern slavery. To give you an idea of how much your donations can mean to a young woman:
$160 you can adopt a girl. (Your money will help with her tuition, boarding, lodging, uniform, text books, medical and legal protection.)
$250 per month, you can adopt a woman. (Your donation will help her get a Government ID card, seed money for a small business or livelihood training, retain a lawyer and a safe place to meet.)
$8,000 you can adopt a school. (A boarding school that educates 50 girls from red-light areas and at-risk communities)
$3,500 supports a Community Center. (Your Money will support a safe space for 50 women and girls to share stories, campaign, attend class, run businesses, meet lawyers and trainers, laugh and dance and eat a hot meal.
So c'mon friends and family...especially ladies...lets open our hearts and wallets to help these girls! Love, Allison xoxoxox