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…is about both ‘source and destination’.

Villages with a history of trafficking their daughters (source) and established red light areas (destination) in West Bengal and Bangladesh will be the focus for new business ventures. The focus will initially be on Bengalis – a population group of more than 200 million and one of the most trafficked people groups in the world.

The WHERE is also about ensuring the right people are employed within a specific community. Research has shown village economies in Murshidabad, a district of West Bengal, India (see ‘connect’ for a map) rely on the sale or placement of their own daughters into the sex trade. Freeset Business Incubator’s mandate is to enable the establishment of new businesses so girls, who are legally eligible to work, can be employed, instead of being products of trade themselves.

While employment cannot be offered to children under the legal working age, mothers and fathers can be employed, providing families with economic alternatives to selling daughters.

Employment will be on the basis that a family keeps their daughter in school and agrees not to arrange her marriage before she is 18 years old. It is not uncommon for village girls to be married from 10 years of age.

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Village economies in Murshidabad rely on the sale or placement of their own daughters into the sex trade.