Prerana seeks to end the cycle of intergenerational trafficking in Mumbai by empowering and enabling mothers to protect their children.

Prerana is an organization that intervenes in the red light areas of Mumbai to end intergenerational trafficking by supporting education, offering shelter to mothers and children during the most dangerous hours of the night, placing at-risk children in secure long term institutions, and more. Prerana empowers mothers to work actively to protect their children from the sex trade and to bring them security and success throughout childhood and beyond. In addition to operating various programs, Prerana shares its expertise with other organizations and lobbies policymakers and influencers on behalf of trafficked persons to create long-lasting systemic changes in India.

The Challenges

Les Challenges

India has over 3 million sex workers
an estimated 1.2 million children are involved in prostitution
Mumbai has one of the largest red light districts 100,000+ sex workers — 30% are under 20 years old
Girls are sex trafficked starting at age 10-12 With no intervention, children in red light districts are at risk of violence and being trafficked into the sex trade

Key facts Éléments Clés

Age Range Âge ciblé 0 — 24 0 à 24 ans
Beneficiaries Bénéficiaires 1,000 1,000
Sectors Secteurs Education, Economic Empowerment, Health, Rights & Protection Education, Insertion socio-économique, Santé, Droits de l'enfance
Staff Personnel 70 70
Budget Budget $ 414,880 $ 414,880
Year established Lancement 1986 1986
(2017 data estimates) (Donnés;es estimées 2017)

Key Programs

Programmes principaux

Educational Support Program (ESP)

Prerana’s Educational Support Programs provide assistance with education, life skills, and professional development. Younger children can access free remedial education and extracurricular activities, and older children receive sponsorship to pursue vocational training programs and obtain jobs. Prerana runs three ESPs in Mumbai’s red light districts. The ESPs aid over 350 children every day.

Night Care Centers (NCC)

Prerana’s Night Care Centers serve as safe havens for mothers to shelter their children from the hazards of Mumbai’s red light districts during the critical night hours. The NCCs provide around the clock services, including protected shelters, wholesome nutrition, free medical and health, as well as education and recreational facilities. Prerana currently runs three NCCs in red light areas of Mumbai, offering support to over 250 children.


Prerana is actively involved in advocacy work for trafficked women and children through national and global platforms. Prerana creates strategic partnerships with other organizations working toward similar goals, and is a founding member of several anti-trafficking networks throughout South Asia. Prerana’s advocacy strategy was proven effective through their contribution to the 2000 UN Optional Protocol on Trafficking, which was presented before the UN General Assembly as a guideline for working with victims of organized crime.

Institutional Placement Program (IPP)

This program serves to protect children for the long term by moving them out of dangerous areas. The IPP selectively places children in long term residential care and development institutions around the country, such as boarding schools. Prerana supports mothers in the consideration of this dependable option. There are procedures in place to select and monitor receiving institutions and to ensure that mothers are able to maintain a meaningful connection with their children. Since its opening in 1986, the IPP has impacted more than 1200 children.

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