VIMUKTHI is a network of VOCSET (Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking) CBO’s across Andhra Pradesh. It has been very active in undertaking the consultations on the issues faced by the VOCSET and very instrumental in collectivization and Networking of CBOs (women in prostitution) across the coastal districts. It has gained momentum after the initiation of HELP & NATSAP through its constant support for different issues.

VIMUKTHI is creating real and lasting changes in Coastal Districts by launching and supporting for collectivization of VOCSET women by addressing the following issues. Linking prostitution and trafficking; challenging the demand for prostitution that promotes Commercial Sexual Exploitation; and protecting the women and children who are the victims of CSE&T by working to against legal acceptance and tolerance of the sex industry.

Objective of the VIMUKTHI is to raise the voice of the survivors for effective victim friendly legislation and its enforcement through collectivization of survivor women.

VIMUKTHI aims to:

  • Support VOCSET women for collectivisation and federations at grass root level for combat trafficking and prevention of Second Generation to be trafficked.
  • Campaign public awareness on the needs of survivors and linking trafficking and poverty.
  • Advocate and Lobby for survivor friendly legislations related to trafficking & sexual exploitation and implementation of GOMS.No:1/2003 to provide alternative Livelihood options for the victims and their children.
  • Promote the effective application of existing legislation and law enforcement to ensure the prosecution and more appropriate sentencing of traffickers by sensitizing key stake holders viz. policy makers, the police and judiciary, local authorities, faith-based groups, charities, individual experts and non-governmental organizations.
  • Develop alliances with like minded groups, individuals for preserving the rights of victimised.
  • Build resources and resource teams against Trafficking and sexual exploitation.

VIMUKTHI creates enabling environment for effective policy change by hosting ‘issue-specific’ Round Table Dialogues and Network Platform meetings that will explore the complex issues of trafficking and related to facilitate the development of effective counter-trafficking strategies.

Why VIMUKTHI Initiated?
It has been our belief that collectivization of women will have the desired impact on Trafficking related issues. We strongly believe that only survivors of CSE&T can understand their own issues than anybody else. This is through both some evidence and also through an assumption which seems logical and derived from the gains of other collectivization efforts, in non-Trafficking related areas of community development and emancipation.

In the past 15 years many women collectives in prostitution localities were formed but with the madams and brokers as their chairs These heads are using these collectives for advocating / promoting legalisation and licensing the prostitution for their mere survival.

Political leaders are taking advantage of these collectives to make their vote bank and for mobilising the women in prostitution for political gains at all levels.(Best example is the collectives of Sonagachi-Kolkatta) In some interventions, these collectives are just being used for distribution of condoms. Due to the political intervention police action is reduced to minimum and increased criminal violence is the commonly stated function of these organizations. Some have depended on periodic collection of money usually through subtle coercion or on the pretext of religious celebrations, legal fees etc.

What can we have learnt from this history?
Real victims need to be collectivized but not the pimps and brokers. Peer system need be developed and build with capacities. Identification of victims through peers only. Finally the mis-belief that these women are illiterate, have no enriched life experiences and hence cannot possess or develop managerial skills and the fact that they do possess the sophisticated thinking to evolve a process of collectivization which minimizes the drawbacks off formal collectives.

The option of completing the formalization of collectives and then initiating discourse and participation by the members of the collectives including widening the voluntary memberships or vice versa, that’s allowing processes to evolve and structuralize finally into a formal group/collective. The collectivization process is in 4 phases viz. site wise, district wise, regional wise and finally state wise. The representatives of site, district and regional collectives will represent in the district, regional and state level respectively.

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