Siliguri, West Bengal, India
20.9 million children and adults are bought and sold worldwide into human trafficking. Roughly 75% of them are women and girls, and each year 2 million children are sold into sexual slavery.
It is estimated that 16 million people in India are victims of sexual slavery with the average age being 10-14 years old; 78% of the trafficked victims in India are from the West Bengal state.
Siliguri is located in the northern-most portion of West Bengal, and is home to an International Needs school and vocational center.
In 2000, Prasana and Arpana Khaling opened a home for girls that were at risk or abandoned. They began with only three girls and quickly grew to 37. They are expanding their ministry to reach the thousands of girls and boys in the towns and villages near Sano Diyo who are living in poverty.
Extreme poverty in the area causes families to struggle for food, while education is an unattainable dream.
The International Needs sponsorship program gives children an education, food, a school uniform and supplies, and basic medical care. Sponsorship also gives these children hope and the knowledge that they are loved.