Combating Human trafficking

Helping at-risk children break free from prostitution

About Udaan

A Brothel is no place for a child! Project Udaan is aimed at saving little children from falling prey to prostitution. Till date, over 75 young children have been rescued from their circumstances, given an education and housing and a chance at a new life

Sonagachi is one of the largest red-light areas in all of Asia. It is an area with several hundred multi-story brothels and estimated 11,000 sex workers. These workers are trapped in a vicious circle from which there is no escape. Pimps, brothel owners, local goons, customers all keep them shackled to a life of misery and also take away a big part of their earnings, leaving the women with very little. Most women live in extreme poverty, in squalor and in fear of their lives – death can result from sexually transmitted disease & HIV Aids, from physical torture & violence, from premature old age caused by the stress of their profession. The sex workers are the only marginalized community which is ostracized from the very society which feeds on them.

Children of sex workers are raised in the same environment and exploited as soon as they turn 10-11 years, when they are given steroids to make them look older than they are. Younger children, when they are 7 – 8 years old, often act as pimps for their mothers.

Project Udaan is aimed at saving the little children from their circumstances, so they can be given an education, housing and a fair chance at life.

In 2019, a safe residential school has been provided for them providing free healthcare, housing, education and vocational skills to give them a life of dignity and independence.
Our aim is to help over 700 children from Sonagachi who are between the ages of 5-18 to escape the clutches of poverty and prostitution. We also hope to partner with other organisations to roll out this initiative to other areas and help 1.2 million children in this situation.
OVBI Canada has had 2 major fund-raising programs to support this initiative. Our team members have also visited the site and met with local, on-the-ground coordinators who do an incredible job helping the young children.

Save a child from prostitution

If you wish to contribute to this project, please donate. A child will thank you for helping transform their life.