Staff Reporter

Anti-human Trafficking Day observed

ELURU: The observance of Anti-Human Trafficking Day here on Monday was marked the plea by sex workers for recognition of their profession like any other vocation. The sex workers regretted that they were deprived of all government benefits, including health services, due to lack of recognition to their profession ever since they became victims of women trafficking. The Anti-Human Trafficking Day was held under the aegis of Sravanti, a Non Governmental Organisation working for sex workers.

“My children should not become like me. I want to give them a better future,” says Rani, a victim of women trafficking from Appanaveedu in Pedapadu mandal. With a son and daughter, Rani was forced to get into the profession to feed her children since her husband, a sole bread-winner, lost his limbs in a road accident and died later. “My mother, also a sex worker, died due to lack of awareness on practice of safe sex. I do not want anybody to end up in such a manner,” Ankamma said. She asserted that she was working in the NGO as a Community Resource Person with the same motto. Deserted by her husband, Sampurna from Chintalapudi make a living on the profession. Sudha, media facilitator of Sravanti, said their organisation was striving to make the victims of human trafficking an instrument to fight against the prevalence of HIV/AIDS to erase the general feeling that they were the main source for the spread of the malady.