Sonagachi and Munshiganj are such red light areas in the city of Kolkata. Sonagachi is one of the largest red light areas of South Asia whereas Munshigaj is one of the oldest in the city of Kolkata. Both the areas have innumerable houses which are not even 100 sq.ft of area where not only the woman are sexually exploited everyday, the entire family with children stay there. Children have to make for the evenings often on the streets indulging themselves in different abusive acts or doing nothing as their mothers/sisters were forced to participate in sex trade in those small rooms. Thus children of these prostituted women grow up in an environment that is extremely vulnerable and they face constant stigma and discrimination, which results in getting isolated in mainstream schools and eventually getting dropped out. Moreover, as the girls grow up, the traffickers and the buyers create demand for pulling them into sex trade. The mothers as they themselves grow older with diminishing demand, has to get the daughters married off even as early as 13 or 14. Several times, the mothers had to succumb to the demand of traffickers and buyers and the daughters get trafficked into inter-generational prostitution.
In order to provide them with a safe space away from abusive environment of red light area and provide with conducive educational atmosphere, Apne Aap tied up with renowned educational institution in Kolkata and keep the girls in residential school facilities to help them finish their schools and colleges.
The 7,360 requested for the project supports the hostel fees and school fees for the 10 girls