This School Is Training Former Sex Slaves to Become Lawyers
Children as young as 7 years old are forced to serve as prostitutes in India, Adweek reports.
The estimated number of children in the sex trafficking ring is 1.2 million with few cases leading to convictions in trial. In 2015, 55 cases were convinced.
Forming the "School for Justice," social rights organization Free a Girl Movement seeks to educate former sex slaves toward careers in law. They have 19 recruits between the ages of 19 and 26.
Free a Girl Movement and J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam believe that education and awareness will help create a solution for the problem.
"The client came to us with a brief for an awareness campaign for child prostitution in India, aimed at Indian men," JWT Amsterdam executive creative director Bas Korsten tells Adweek. "After a few concept rounds, the creative team came up with the idea for School for Justice. We presented it, and Free a Girl liked it, although they were aware of the huge implications this approach would have. In close collaboration with them, we worked out the educational program, looked for a physical space, selected the first class of girls, and built the campaign around it."
The school is looking for further funding to educate these girls and help change the world. "They are determined to succeed in their ambition to become lawyers, with the power to prosecute the criminals who once owned them," Korsten says. "These are real girls who have been through highly traumatizing experiences and had lives that we could hardly imagine. And yet, they have found the strength to stand up proud in front of the national press of India and tell the world that they aren’t focusing on the past, but the future."
Photo Credit: Facebook/Free a Girl Movement