Who's Sari Now?
Apne Aap started out as an informal group of 22 women in the red-light areas of Mumbai, India, who helped journalist Ruchira Gupta make an Emmy award winning documentary called ‘The Selling of Innocents’ on the trafficking of girls from the villages of Nepal to the brothels of Mumbai. Towards the end of filming, the women asked Ruchira for help to protect themselves and their daughters from prostitution. Ruchira reminded them that they had protected her from being killed by someone who had pulled out a knife during the filming. She asserted that by collectively standing up against the injustice in their lives they could help themselves and each other. They agreed and formed a woman’s collective. Thus Apne Aap, meaning self-empowerment in Hindi, was born. Today Apne Aap has made a difference in over 22,000 lives across India. Ruchira, a winner of the Clinton Global Citizen Award, has become a leading sex trafficking abolitionist. To learn more please visit www.apneaap.org
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