Type: service provider
Focus: domestic labor
The Working Women's Association, Shramajivee Mahila Samity (SMS), battles domestic slavery on several fronts.
SMS goes undercover to expose traffickers and trace missing people. Posing as homeowners wanting a maid, teams investigate which domestic labor agencies are fronts for slave trafficking. They even interview former traffickers to learn the tricks of the slave trade. SMS is calling for government regulations to end the wild-west lawlessness that makes trafficking easier.
SMS helps slavery survivors return home and rebuild their lives. Slaveholders are pressured to hand over back-pay. Women are trained to open small businesses, so they can earn a living without moving away from home.
SMS educates villagers how to slave-proof their communities. Street dramas teach people how to see through the false promises made by traffickers. Women's committees learn to act fast when someone is taken.
Thanks to SMS, hundreds of slaves have been reunited with their families. The level of trafficking has been slashed in many villages where SMS works.