Padma and Varshini Cherukupalli
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A unique mission to set up an emergency shelter, a rehabilitation unit for survivors of sex trafficking and secure Prajwala.


Every year in India, over 200,000 women and children are inducted into the flesh trade or commercial sexual exploitation. Of these, over one-third are children. Sex trafficking is not only a severe violation of human rights but also results in adverse physical, psychological and moral consequences for the victims. The rescued girls are invariably penniless, mentally broken and suffering from serious or life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. The journey of sex trafficking destroys the body, mind and soul of a victim, and for children, these extremely traumatic experiences in their formative years not only stifle their healthy development, but also leave permanent scars in their lives.

India is a transit, destination and supply point for trafficking. The Indian States Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have emerged as the second largest supplier of women and children in the country for the purposes of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.


Under the leadership of Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, Prajwala has worked since 1996 in a holistic approach to undermine the flesh trade. The programs to implement these strategies and interventions are focused on Prevention, Rescue, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Advocacy. 

Since inception, Prajwala has successfully rescued and rehabilitated over 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery. 


Due to repeated threats and intimidations from traffickers, the landlord of the Economic Rehabilitation Unit is asking Prajwala to vacate the premises by May 2016. This location is a production cum training center for over 100 survivors of trafficking, to date over 630 victims have graduated from the training center.

On average, 60 victims are rescued every month. Since Prajwala’s safe shelter and therapeutic community is located 65 kms away from the city, it is a constant challenge to move victims to a safe space right after a rescue in the middle of the night. More often than not, the victims have to be kept in a police station overnight. For a shaken up and frightened victim, that is not ideal.


It is proposed to procure two acres of land by the Hyderabad airport and relocate most of Prajwala’s Hyderabad city interventions into one, Prajwala owned campus. This second centralized Prajwala campus will ensure a safe working environment for the staff, no eviction problems in the future, security for victims, and a long-term space for Prajwala’s interventions to successfully grow. It is proposed to build a center to house three major interventions:

  1. Economic Rehabilitation Unit (a production cum training center for 100+ survivors of sex trafficking)
  2. Emergency Shelter (a temporary safe home for 50 rescued victims)
  3. Prajwala Base Camp (Headquarters office for Community Based Prevention Program, Rescue & Restoration Program, Rape Victim's Support Program, Anti-Trafficking Resource Cell and Prevention through Education Program)


With current land rates in Hyderabad, it will cost about 2 crores (20 million rupees or $313,728 USD) for the purchase of the land and another 2 crores for the construction all the above three structures. A total of 4 crores ($627,456 USD) is required to make Prajwala's interventions safe.


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