UJJAWALA

A comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of Trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-Integration of Victims of Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation. It was launched on 4th December, 2007.

Background:

  • India has emerged as a source, destination and transit for both in-country and cross border trafficking.
  • The problem of trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation is especially challenging due to its myriad complexities and variation.
  • Poverty, low status of women, lack of a protective environment etc are some of the causes for trafficking.
  • A multi sectoral approach is needed which will undertake preventive measures to arrest trafficking especially in vulnerable areas and sections of population; and to enable rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of the trafficked victims.
  • Hence, the Ministry of women and child development has introduced the scheme “UJJAWALA”, primarily for the purpose of preventing trafficking on the one hand and rescue and rehabilitation of victims on the other.

Objectives of the scheme:

  • To prevent trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation through social mobilization and involvement of local communities, awareness generation programmes, generate public discourse through workshops/seminars and such events and any other innovative activity.
  • To facilitate rescue of victims from the place of their exploitation and place them in safe custody.
  • To provide rehabilitation services both immediate and long-term to the victims by providing basic amenities/needs such as shelter, food, clothing, medical treatment including counseling, legal aid and guidance and vocational training.
  • To facilitate reintegration of the victims into the family and society at large
  • To facilitate repatriation of cross-border victims to their country of origin.

Target Group/Beneficiaries

  • Women and children who are vulnerable to trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Women and children who are victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.
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