Save Our Sisters (SOS), an initiative of Save the Children India works to prevent trafficking of women and children from commercial sexual exploitation. The program is designed and operates in sync with the internationally recognized strategies of ‘Prevention’, ‘Protection’ and ‘Prosecution’.
The Intensive Prevention of Trafficking Program is implemented in areas that are known to be sources of human trafficking in Maharashtra. This is done by working directly with the vulnerable populations and addressing the causative factors that are known to be responsible for trafficking. The model includes formation of Self Help Groups, Adolescent Girls Groups, Adolescent Boys Groups, Youth Groups, Village Vigilance Committees and District Vigilance Committee and empowering them to address the issue within their communties.
Simultaneously in Mumbai, which is one of the major destinations of trafficking, SOS through it’s ‘Sahas Kendra’ has been assisting the state government in the rehabilitation. This is done by imparting employability skills training to the survivors of trafficking and ensuring job placements. The survivors are provided with specialized skill training in Hospitality and House Keeping, Beauty treatment, Sales and Marketing, Computer Graphics and Designing, nursing to name a few.
Concurrently SOS strives to effectuate prosecution of trafficking crimes. This is done through sensitization and empowerment of Law Enforcement Machinery i.e the Police, Prosecutors and Judges in the state of Maharashtra.
SOS is also involved in influencing the policy level decisions at the state and national level through its policy advocacy initiatives. It was instrumental in formulating the Maharashtra State Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking and the Code of Conduct for Safe and Honourable Tourism.
A landmark in the history of Save Our Sisters is the development of the Code of Conduct for the Tourism Industry for prevention of Sex Tourism, endorsed by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.