As well as running awareness programmes in Hubs to alert the public to the dangers of human trafficking Oasis organises people living in a range of neighbourhoods to take part in initiatives to ensure their community is traffick-free. There are ten such traffick-free community programmes in the USA. As well as this Oasis works in red-light areas such as Johannesburg in South African and Mumbai in India, where its outreach work enables those who were once trafficked to leave and begin life afresh. In some cases Oasis works together with the police to conduct raids and rescue those who are kept hidden by their captors. In addition to sex-trafficking Oasis works to free those who are enslaved in forced labour and begging; reintegrating victims back with their families where their situation is safe enough to do so.
STOP THE TRAFFIK
Stop the Traffik is a global movement of activists around the world who passionately give their time and energy to build resilient communities and prevent human trafficking. Stop The Traffik was also founded by Steve Chalke in 2007, the movement has the single aim of ending human trafficking globally.
Spotlight on anti-trafficking in India
Oasis India opened the Aruna Drop-In Centre in the heart of the red-light district in 1998. Work there has focused on offering rehabilitation to those trapped in the commercial sex business and a lifeline to those who are at risk. At the centre, women have access to vocational training, health care, education for their children and help finding a life outside of the brothels.
Oasis India also run a Day Care Centre in the middle of India's largest red-light district, Kamathipura. The aim of the centre is to protect and care for the children of sexually exploited women. The children are provided with a meal and supported with their studies. The football programme offers boys a place to build friendships and learn discipline. Counselling is available for mothers.
Our anti-human trafficking division works alongside local police departments in Bangalore to investigate suspected cases of human trafficking, develop informants within the gangs and execute raids to free those kept in bondage. Once the girls are rescued Oasis provides them with vocational training and rehabilitative care and if their situation at home is beneficial, we work to reunite them with their families.
In the Borivali Hub Oasis staff alongside community members run regular awareness programmes on human trafficking as well as health camps for women, youth and children. They have set up a pre-school, spoken English training, tailoring classes, health care, counselling sessions and resources for individuals and families living with HIV.