It is estimated that there are three million female sex workers in India and 40% of them are children. 500,000 children are estimated to be forced into the sex trade every year, living a life of exploitation and abuse. Children who are vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation are also vulnerable to HIV/AIDS as the number of HIV cases among sex workers stands at around 50%.
HELP works for the rescue and rehabilitation of victims, especially children, who are trafficked for sexual exploitation in Andhra Pradesh.
To support rehabilitation and reintegration, we have set up Asha Sadan, a shelter home for rescued victims of trafficking. Simultaneously, we work to prevent more cases from arising within vulnerable groups such as children and women living in susceptible areas.
HELP has promoted networks and groups. It serves as an umbrella organisation that coordinates and takes direction from its network partners in its work against sexual exploitation/abuse and in support of Child Rights and women’s human rights.
As a Resource centre, HELP also researches and documents the situation of children and women who have been trafficked and are in prostitution; educates the public about the extent of harm sustained by women and girls in prostitution.
In the process, it galvanizes change through legislation and working with governments and international agencies to create/change/amend policy and legislation that support the right of every children, women and girls to be free of sexual exploitation; and helps create and support alternatives for children, women and girls who have been sexually exploited.
Awards and Recognitions
In 2016, HELP was honored with National Child Welfare Award 2015 under Institutional Category.
Mr.Ram Mohan, Secretary of HELP, received the award from former Hon'ble President of India, Sri. Pranab Mukharjee, in Rashtrapathi Bhavan at New Delhi on 14th Nov 2016 on the occasion of Children’s Day.
Smt. Menaka Gandhi, then Hon’ble Minister for Ministry of Women Development and Child Welfare, Govt of India also honoured Mr.Ram Mohan with citation and cash prize of INR 3 lakhs.