Freedom Trade is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating human trafficking in India. To prevent human trafficking, we systematically target the specific issues that make it a viable industry. Although the complexity and sensitivity of our mission is irreducible, we strive to intervene in three primary ways.
The most apparent issue is illiteracy, affecting more than 287 million adults. A fundamental lack of education leads not only to unemployment and a lack of opportunities, but also to an inner sense of depravity and helplessness. This inner poverty translates into physical poverty—the second issue that we target. Somewhere around 67% of Indians live on less than $2 a day. Such financial deficiency creates vulnerability and provides part of the reasoning that encourages them to sell themselves or their children into the slave trade. The culmination of illiteracy and poverty ultimately leads to the exploitation of women and children. About 8223 women were victims of dowry deaths in India last year; that is one woman every hour of every day. It is also estimated that 11 children are reported missing every hour, resulting in about 96,360 every year. Almost 40% of those children are never found.
We believe appearances are deceiving and that India is not hopeless, but full of potential. Consider partnering with us and joining us as we bring hope for the hopeless, a voice for the voiceless, and freedom for the captives.