January 1, 2006 India

In 2005-2006 CATW first partnered with Apne Aap to address the demand for commercial sex. This project was organized to help educate authorities, especially the police and the judiciary in addressing trafficking by focusing on the demand for commercial sex and appropriate protection and assistance for victims. Three trainings were carried out for law enforcement, legislators, judiciary, business persons and NGO leaders throughout India. Melissa Farley and Jean Enriquez helped to conduct the first training in Mumbai. Barbara Kryszko and Jean Enriquez represented CATW at the second training in Mumbai and Janice Raymond spoke at the third training/conference in Kolkata. As a result of this partnership the Handbook “Curbing Sex Trafficking: Containing the Demand” was developed.

In July, 2001, CATW helped launch an India-wide campaign in Delhi to combat the legalization of prostitution and its legitimation as “sex work.” Prompted by a highly publicized sex-industry rally in Calcutta in March 2001 that called for the recognition of prostitution as work, the Delhi meeting brought together a network of human rights organizations, all of which work directly with women and children in prostitution. Lead organizations include Sanlaap in Kolkata; Prerana, NACSET and Nishant in Mumbai; the Joint Women’s Programme – National, Prayas and MARG in New Delhi; Guria in Varanasi; and Samridhi in Bharatpur. Attending for CATW were Dorchen Leidholdt, Jean D’Cunha, Jean Enriquez and Sheila Jeffreys.

The goal of the campaign is to increase the number of groups participating in the network against sexual exploitation while providing them with the expertise, legal tools and organizing support to confront and undercut the burgeoning Indian sex industry and its defenders. The campaign met with government officials and policymakers during the opening of Parliament in July, 2001, to advance its platform.