Global Leadership Awards
All of the children playing in the shelter are survivors of sex trafficking. They are children who have been rescued from pornography, sex tourism and prostitution. They are children who have been kidnapped, lured by false promises of employment, sold by their own parents, or trapped by debt bondage. Most of them are HIV positive.
The youngest is three and a half years old.
Based in Hyderabad, India, Sunitha Krishnan is the co-founder of Prajwala (Eternal Flame), a group that rescues women and children from brothels and provides quality education to the children of prostitutes. It stands upon five pillars: prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and advocacy. Each pillar plays an integral role in a strategy developed almost 20 years ago by dedicated staff and myriad partners.
To stop commercial sexual exploitation before it starts, Prajwala operates a network of schools in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Sunitha also leads community-based efforts that take her staff and volunteers into slums, villages, schools and colleges where they identify and connect with at-risk women and children. They know pr