Nisha Gosh and Rupal Kataria, Soroptimists from SI Pune Metro East Club, joined Dundee Soroptimists at their recent meeting in the Invercarse Hotel. The two ladies, who were in Scotland for the SIGBI Federation Conference at the SECC in Glasgow last weekend, took time to visit their friends and partners at SI Dundee.
Dundee Soroptimists are working with The Free to Live Trust – Seema’s Project to rescue forty children. These children are the offspring of trafficked sex workers, from the red-light district of the city of Pune in India. Pune has a population of over eight million.
Young women and girls are trafficked from Nepal, Bengal and other parts of India into the city brothels. If the girls become pregnant they have to abandon their children to the streets.
Seema Wagmode has rescued the children and they are currently living across the street from the city brothels and are at risk of being sucked into prostitution. A new home is being built for them eighty miles from Pune – well away from the risk of exploitation.
The Soroptimist Club of Dundee formed a friendship link with Soroptimists from Pune to help oversee the project; this will bring valuable knowledge and experience to the work.
The Free to Live Trust is a local Tayside charity set up to help victims of modern slavery and abandoned children. A team from the charity is visiting Pune in March 2016 to see how the project is progressing.
Please see website for more details www.freetolivetrust.org