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Sunitha Krishnan's fight against sex slavery


Dr Sunitha Krishnan, born in 1969, is an Indian social activist and co-founder of Prajwala, an institution that has helped near about ten thousands of trafficked women and girls find a safe haven in their shelter.

The organisation also helps pay for the education of five thousand children infected with HIV/AIDS in Hyderabad alone. Prajwala’s “second-generation” prevention programme operates in 17 transition centres and has helped thousands of children of prostituted mothers. NGO’s strategy is to remove women from brothels by giving their children educational and career opportunities. Krishnan and her staff train survivors in carpentry, welding, printing, masonry, and housekeeping.

In the process of saving lives, she has been attacked 14 times by criminals and left impaired by right ear but her determination got more strong with time.
Our "Namaste India" team congratulates Sunitha Krishnan for this award.

The below video is of her TEDx speech:
 She was invited to speak at TED-India 2009 at Infosys Campus, Mysore. The audience listened painfully to some of the stories of the more than 3,200 girls she has rescued, girls who had endured unimaginable torture and yet, somehow, nevertheless found the will to heal and thrive. She spoke of the need for everyone to overcome silence about the phenomenon of human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, and for us not only to offer our love and compassion to its victims but to be willing to accept them in our communities. She admitted that rescuing girls is never a very safe business, sharing that she can no longer hear out of her right ear and that she has been beaten up during interventions more than a dozen times.


Recognitions & Awards:
  • Sunitha Krishnan was conferred the 4th Highest civilian award Padma Shri by the honourable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 12th April 2016.
  • Sunitha Krishnan was awarded Vanitha Woman of Year Award on 25th July 2010 for saving thousands of victims of prostitution and their kids.
Sunitha Krishnan receiving Padma Shri from Shri Pranab Mukherjee
Sunitha Krishnan receiving Padma Shri from Shri Pranab Mukherjee


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