SUNITHA KRISHNAN

India

“Enough goodwill exists, but it is not translated into action. Just by breaking the silence, you can make things possible. Start by talking among yourselves. You can’t imagine how much that has a ripple effect in the world.”

Sunitha Krishnan is a fierce activist who combats commercial sexual exploitation in India. She co-founded Prajwala, a group that rescues and rehabilitates women and children from brothels. Sunitha and her team of social workers develop new models to disrupt the cycle of exploitation that traps generations in modern day slavery.

Rescue is only the first step in a long journey. Sunitha offers free counseling, education and vocational training. Her economic recovery program provides viable, sustainable livelihood options that help survivors rebuild. Sunitha uses her experience to train local law enforcement and helps state authorities shape anti-trafficking policies. To realize her vision for a world that’s free of exploitation, Sunitha is focused on scaling her model and urges people everywhere to use their voice and influence to end human trafficking.