Editor's note: In some Indian villages, girls are sent into prostitution by their families - a tradition that began as religious obligation but is now continued for money. In "Trapped by Tradition," which airs Saturday and Sunday on CNN International, (viewing times below) "Slumdog Millionaire" star Anil Kapoor shows how Indian charities are trying to stop the tradition. CNN has changed Priya and Meena's names.
By Anil Kapoor, Special for CNN
Bharatpur District, India - Leaving home at 5 a.m. for a shoot is nothing unusual for me but this trip was definitely very different - a road trip from Delhi to a village close to Bharatpur in Rajasthan to talk with working and former prostitutes.
As a Plan India Patron and Goodwill Ambassador I visited this village two years ago. I was looking forward to this trip because I am an optimist and was keen to see the change that has taken place here.
India has traditionally been a patriarchal society and unfortunately the rate of female infanticides is quiet high. In this village, families rejoice on the birth of a girl child - but for the wrong reasons.
The reason behind celebrating a girl's birth in this area is a dark one. Some members of this community practice a caste-based sex trade - and have done so for generations.
The men knowingly send their own daughters and sisters into the sex trade.
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I was anxious to see what milestones we had reached in trying to stop this tradition - this time visiting with CNN International's Freedom Project initiative to fight modern day slavery.
We received a warm, ceremonial welcome at the village and were greeted by a group of young girls singing. I was struck by the words as they sang: "Give our daughters respect too."
Being a father of two daughters, it got me thinking, if we don't empower our women, how would our families progress?
I had the opportunity to share my thoughts with the women of the community. I sat down with some who had been forced into the sex trade by their families. Some of them were rehabilitated with help from Plan India and Gram Niyojan Kendra, a partner charity working in the same field, while some were still working.
Their stories gradually came out. They told me of their misery, the horrid tales of being sold in their teenage years, of becoming bread winners for their families.
I must confess; the few hours spent with these women were really difficult. At times, I wouldn’t know how to react - console them, cry or get angry with a system as inhumane as this.
With a sigh, Meena remembered the blissful day when she came back and was rehabilitated with Plan India's help. With a radiant spark in her eyes, she said: "I bought a buffalo with the help of Plan and GNK and now I sell milk and milk products in my village."
Meena has promised herself that her daughter will go to school and not suffer like she did.
Priya was also in the village that day. She's a sex worker in Delhi and sends money home to support her family. Her elder sister, in her late 40s, has left the trade because of her growing age.
It's very difficult to get women Priya's age, - she's in her mid-30s - who are already working as prostitutes, to quit because they get used to the income. That's why Plan India focuses on children, working to prevent them from entering the trade to start with.
Priya's daughter is going to school and wants to be an actress
Priya believes she has no choice. She says she must continue working as she has a large family to support. She has to feed her children and she's supporting her sister-in-law and her children too.
She says that things are changing for the younger girls, thanks to all the money women from her generation have earned for their families.
But she also appears torn at times, sometimes defending the prostitution, sometimes directing anger at her family.
She said: "When I told my elder brother to put his daughter into the trade, he broke all ties with me and moved out.
"I made the marriage of both of my brothers possible and even today I am taking care of my younger brother’s family because he passed away recently. No one has ever acknowledged the value of sacrifices made by me and my sister."
It was time for me to talk to the male members of the community. As always, most of them were initially in a denial mode but started to open up gradually.
They reassured me that in last four years with Plan India and GNK's efforts, a lot of the women have been pulled out of the sex trade and more families are now determined not to push their girls into it.
Also, a lot of the rehabilitated women are ensuring that the girls from their families don’t get thrown into the practice.
It's a small step, but one in the right direction. Changing the mindset of the people in the village is key.
Now that the women themselves are taking a stand against prostitution, I am hopeful, optimistic we can end this tradition.
"Trapped by Tradition" viewing times.
Saturday September 24:
2100 Hong Kong: 2000 London; 2100 CET; 2300 Abu Dhabi
Sunday September 25:
1900 Hong Kong, 1300 CET, 2100 New York/Miami, 2000 Mexico City
Tuesday September 27:
1730 Hong Kong – 1930 CET – 2130 Abu Dhabi
i really wish they could change things but it seems hardly possible. there is a tradition and there is a poverty, the bound that won't be easy to fight.
This can change, if government removes poverty and make education mandatory for all. in some countries serving in army is must for everyone, similarly we can make education must for everyone.
Need to stop waiting for government. local communities and society will have to do.
We have s ex trafficking happening right now in this country to American girls! When men are cas trated for it maybe then they will care enough to stop r aping, trafficking or beating on women and children...
Looking at China from 1974's pure poverty to today's second GDP in the world, I now believe any country would have the opportunity if the nation, the government and the common folks, are determined to have a better life. So will China, India and our own county United States of America, in which we are rich in natural resources, rich in education resources and rich in democratic tradition.
Of course I remember him. He is doing something righteous. He is a respectful person.
Anil Kapoor's a great actor, but I think this stint is just a publicity stunt? Why suddenly all this concern? Where was he all these years? Anyway, if he is seriously interested, I wish him all the best
@Manjula. When is it ever too late to get behind a righteous cause. You don't know how events in the past have lead him to this decision.
What have YOU done?
if this. is a publi.city stunt than we should encourage other higher profile media figures to do .the same. It is a much better thing for them to do with their time than opening their own restaur.ant, starting a band, or going into politics, which are fields t.hat are already over sauturated with people that pursue it because it i.s their first passion.
Alot of people, myself included,are just realizing the scope of this ,Demi Moore and Ashton Kucher have been campaigning against it and bringing it to attention also. Mr.Kapoor has a daughter, I would think that would make him all the more interested in putting a stop to this,since it is primarily a crime against women and children. It is never too late to help! We should all dedicate ourselves to a cause as important as this!
Well, it is never too late for anybody to do good things. I believe he earned lot of fame, money etc. Now, it is real time to do something good for country, people.
My best wishes to him.
Disagree.. Do something. before you ask anyone else what were they doing ask your self what were you doing or are you doing. I like that movies stars/ or celebrities/ or common people in general using their power to some good or any good.
Only time I can have an issue where a double standard is being played.
He is a good man, keep up the good work.
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Incredible India!!!Indian Govt. should concentrate on these miserable ppl instead of taking so much interest in Afghanistan..
since when did indian govt took interest in afganistan?
Empty headed chut**ya Paki..
are you stupid indian goverment never intrested in afghanistan put your sence togethere.
as a woman born in a developed country stories like this make my skin crawl and my heart ache. God be with these women and bless them in the ways that women such as myself are blessed.
@BRC, agreed. We never knew about fairness in life as a woman until Christian missionaries educated us.
Christianna, Go and preach somewhere else. U crooked minders already converted lot of people to Christians by brainwashing them. So shut ur mouth now. Look around and see how many Christian women do the same for money. You go and teach them first
@Guest, I'm doing this because you Americans completely forgot your own history.
Christianna, forget guest. Your intentions are good, and he/she comes off like a troll. People, remember- almost every religion is guilty of exploitation@ some point in their history of being, but not all people who believe in whatever faith they belong are. Best wishes and continued success to these organization's efforts.
Summary: Humans abuse anything. Christian education liberated mankind from tyranny and brought civility. Secularism forces immorality upon mankind.
Tell that to every altar boy that had a priest's p.enis inside of him.
il mio "spettacolare" inteso come "qualit rteistpo alla media", non so se mi spiego e poi certo ceh ho visto grafiche spettacolari, posseggo anche una 360 e con GOW e Bioshock so benissimo di che parli. MA spettacolare pu essere una FOTO IN BIANCO E NERO, rteistpo ad un pi moderna FOTO A COLORI DELLO STESSO SOGGETTO, che non ha lo stesso impatto visivo rteistpo alla prima. Io stesso nella vita da FOTOGRAFO amatoriale, mi trovo spesso a dover applicare filtri B/N o seppia ai miei scatti, per renderli pi appetibili.Ergo per avere una grafica aspettacolare e suggestiva non detto che debba avere 1600 px, ma pu averne anceh solo 640 px, l'importante il come
I am very surprise for this one. I thought India is a modern civilization country.
India is a very vast contry.
So in different areas, there are different practices, I think.
Mate those development is mostly happening in the cities,And most of village-side of india is still same old like it was in 1947 (independence ),but changes r happening now at rapid pace.In next 10 years woudl be a great change for india.
They are talking about a remote area in India.. Certainly an exception ..! In most other parts of India, especially urban parts, women are empowered and taking leadership positions in corporates and politics ... I wonder why such inequality exist ..
Its a big place.
it is like saying Americans are like Mormons and follow polygamy. only few do..
Ancora con sta storia se si prnede come parametro di confronto la grafica, Wii non pu uscire vincente. Ma gi "solo" RE4 con il Wiimote d molta pi soddisfazione di un gioco simile con il semplice pad. Questa storia della Wii2 fa ridere pure quella non si pu sapere nulla di come sar !
If there is more education in these towns and girls educate themselves so they can look into another field like being a school teacher or nurse than they can have a brighter future
Search out EVERY remotest habitat area – these practices of slavery must be quite rampant in different forms. CNN, ask Christian missions and local Christian churches on the human problems in the given societies.
It has nothing to do with religion or Christian missionaries, your way is a very brainwashed way of looking at things. It is bad people abusing the vulnerable. What about all those Christian priests molesting children, does that mean all Christians are bad, or this the religion bad. Think out of your square.
i agree. why is religion coming here. if you can, help or else go simply.
Very right! @Motherofdaughters
@Mother-of-d-, you Westerners abused children and it was a norm until Christianity fixed your barbarism. Abuse is a norm in the pagan world and abuse is a crime in Christendom. A total difference. Every Earthling needs Christian education. Secular West butchers unborn humans.
:) true sister i have no idea how I get along with my husband im an american christian was Roman catholic transformed in to christianism now a Baptist for 14 yrs my husband is indian he loves me very much i think thas what makes it work love but when i watch the news is scary no law i mean the weak have no way to defend themselves corruption is terrible!!! The government should work some way to give to the poor whatever they have stolen from them they should give free education at least so that they can some day these kids have a way to walk higher on their own. i really wish the best to Anil kapoor because he looks like he is doing it from his heart and god sees that may god bless him !!!!! i would love to do something as awesome as this but im too far might go next year.
Sick and evil tradition...
Its nice to see someone in a position of power and influence take on such a serious issue. Good on him, obviously India, like the rest of the world, will be a different culture and although slavery may be happening on a constant basis, it is nice for someone from the culture to step out and do something about it.!
in India if an actor try to do things like this mean that soon he is going to become a politician and he needs vote. They should replace the whole 790 members in indian parliament with educated politician like in the west.
That's immoral that the official authorities of such a so called rich Asian Nuclear Power nation has to relay on individual celebrities to mitigate this casted decease of this kind of slavery for the sake of traditional values. Shame on India.
The Indian government is making the mistake US made and still addicted to by giving generous donations when India itself can do much within
I just hope these things will change...that women have the means to get away and make their own lives.
This is an isolated village and not a story of 'India'. To project what happens in this village as something as normal in India is wrong. anil Kapoor wanted lime light and CNN loves generalizing.
To treat this as a normal occurence in India would be utterly wrong.
As for Christianna's comment.......India had seen women rulers way before any other place on this planet....Razia Sultan, Rani Karmvati etc.
Christain missionry....they should resolve their issues with residential school child abuses.
This does not mean this story is wrong...this kind of exploitation should be stopped. It should not be generalized !!
So the real India is bolywood actors/actresses dancing and prancing around?
Yes.. and it creates jobs and empower women.
What is the solution to intolerant Christians/Jews/Muslims/Hindi and so on? Why can't "they" understand that intolerant behaviour is heretic to their religions? Ineresting to note that the finger-pointing is away from themselves. Humanistic actions transcend all religions.
These pagans will never get fixed on respecting women unless they get Christian education.
They just need to be taught that such practices are abhorrent and not necessary. Teach them morals and ethics and the importance of freedom. No need to burden them with chr.istian s.in guilt , fai.ry tails or the worse the threat of hell in an afterlife. Religion isn't what is changing them it is just a different way of looking at life and it is better to teach them this without all the baggage that religion brings to the table.
Dg, mankind needs Christianity. Secular West kills unborn humans and forces to accept perversion as normality. Without Christianity, mankind falls into pits one way or another.
You can talk about being an ideal christian..but the reality is no one is perfect. If you think by teaching christian values around the world you can eradicate all evil, good luck to you sister.
Live happily in your lala land...what a moron!!
His is a a voice in the wilderness. It is not going to make any change.One talks of India shining,one of the leaders of Asia.You should go there and get a first hand look.Caste discriminatoin,open corruption and a total disregard for ethics in the hinterland will shock you.This is the real India which most of you don't see.
all I can say, is I feel deeply for these poor women who have been forced into this way of life. I, too wish it could stop.
OMG! This is a terrible situation in India!!!
It wil take time for this diabolic tradition to be eradicated , but by the grace of God, the plan will work out well and we'll see this tradition no more.
Such stories (in reality),incidents and happenings are there from time immemorial. It is getting worse by the day. The Government has done nothing to raise the quality of life, cut or reduce corruption (as it starts from them) and to bring decency in life living amongst common citizens. People such as Anil Kapoor, Maneka Gandhi, Bedi and hundreds come-try-preach and go.The system stays with status quo. Thanks to a few who make a difference in few lifes at least. God Bless them. India, besides what media says is the same at its core, will stay same for generations till there is a public hurricaine.
No law no offence, if that job is their law then it's an offence therefore the law of their cuture will judge.
I believe that this change can take place. It's very difficult because there is poverty and some women have no choice, they have families to take care of. I can relate to an extent of this situation. Many of the women are doing this so that the younger generation does'nt have to endure this responsibility or suffer this pain. I say to those women that had to do this that they are not alone. Many of us outside of India had to do the same for many reasons. The sacrifies that these women have made needs to be acknowledged, I myself can relate to that feeling. Things will get better over time we just need the support from as many people as possible.
We should not bring our personal issues here – politics, religion,government critsisms,etc..there are other pages those can be posted to..rather,let's appreciate all those great hearts that come out to help human nature..its a chain, they will also change others!
We can STOP this, by try to control corruption first, that is already affected like VIRAL infection. India is rich Country, next question is – where is the Money goes.. Coruption..coruption.In short we can stop it or we can change the world if we want- Obama.
hey chris corruption is everywhere and u can't stop corruption it is a cancer spreading out the whole world. that question where is the money goes is a dumb question. do u think those who were in the government will tell the public??excuse me!!they wont instead they will tell another lies again..
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I'm Asian and I know the mess is numerous in Asia. India needs Christian education to fight against all forms of barbarism and injustice.
Omg, please please shut it. Christianity has many faults in it also and is not better than other religions by any means. If your religion makes you look down upon others because of their cultural or religious traditions, it marks you as intolerant, and by suggestion as hateful,which will never bring peace. Respect others for all their differences and respect a culture for it creates diversity to help you grow. You did not see jesus so you maybe running on a lie for all it matters. The point is you don't know and thus it is not your right to say others perception of god is wrong. You want to help? Go volunteer, go help educate these girls with science and literature. Not impose them with your definition of faith or godliness.
il mio unico timore che roniinvo la trama, ma forse il fatto che si siano concentrati sul solo secondo episodio dovrebbe fugare questa idea. Cosa mi piacerebbe? poter sbloccare l'originale versione N64. 512 mega di cartuccia non possono stare sulla virtual, per cui, metterlo come bonus sarebbe un'idea molto intelligente.
If this is part of a religious obligation, it is time to throw out that religion and get a new one, or better yet, throw out religion all together.
We have to abolish the religious tradition ,by the way of education to people,once they get education, they can think what,worst things they are doing,
Before giving education, firstly we should provide food safety to those peoples.Poverty is the main thing , this type of typical tradition happening.So we can move for a Good Nation with out Poverty,Illiteracy and Corruption.
Manila philippines you will find 2 places. One called the red rooster and another in an alley acros the streed from st lukes medical center. Girls inside with cigerett burns and pimps out front inviting men into what they call a bar. News there accusing usa of saleinw women dont talk about. If their investigated they will claim it to be a sting opperation. Its not because the cigerett burns say otherwise
is it only in manila these things happened? pretty cool u'd been there many times i think..precised location well detailed...appreciated of what u doing in travelling...no more addition to that???lol
First India needs to address what this country is actually doing in occupied Kashmir by raping and killing innocent young Kashmiri girls. They are brutally killing Kashmiris every other day. This is excellent way to get publicity so Hollywood would cast this guy again. It's all about fame.
hey GA VILSON i think u have to make ur own governance.ur ideas sounds u don't know what is going on in this world
People seem to forget that there is evil in everything no culture,religion,place is perfect.its wrong what they make their women do but lets not forget that it doesnt only happen there but all over the world
Christiana: you mean an end to barbarism, say, like the spanish inquisition?
That were not Christians, true Christians were hidding from the roman catholics and preaching the Gospel and killed by those responsible of the inquisition and crusades.
who and where were these "real christians"? you are just making up a history of the middle ages and other periods that never existed as an actual reality in Europe.
The reality is that most europeans were barbaric in Europe right up until quite recent times and it wasn't christianity that improved the conditions of the poor and women it was secularism and the age of enlightenment. People used to go and watch witches being burned for entertainment. That's what european civilization was like 400 years ago.
Thank you harvardgrad. you put things exactly the way i want to, except i splutter in anger instead. the day that arrogance is no longer an imperitive in ANY religion, i will be incredibly happy. i feel like arrogance is a sign of fear, and that makes me sad for a lot of people i have met.
Much of the rest of the world should be brought up to OUR standards here in the USA. Not the reverse. I'm so tired of PC telling us we need to cherish or value backward primitive societies.
The American public is just about feed up with this. The media would want the world to believe this is how the US thinks. The masses don't think this way. The sleeping giant in the USA are the men and women whose parents and grandparents BUILT this nation in the last two preceding century.
Forget hanging the plights of the world on religion, that's a cop-out. Permissiveness and low expectations from the leader nations is the problem. ACT like leaders and the world will follow.
Why all off a sudden Anil kapoor is social activist, because his new movie is coming. If he is already a social worker why this news was not on CNN earlier. This is just to promote his new movie.
I know these problems are there but for God's sake don't use them as publicity stunt for your new film.
India is a disgusting, backward nation. Letting them immigrate to America is a big mistake. The current wave of third world immigrants won't assimilate like the earnest Irish and Italian immigrants of the late 19th century. I see these uneducated third world immigrants every day in Bellevue and Seattle.
I guess you have Phd.
Well exept on tv.
concordo con il tuo commento per non vero che su "trova sul wii il ilgemo di se" perch anche sulle altre console escono giochi su binari con in bundle la pistola poi non me ne frega assolutamente niente se il gioco sar alla portata di un pubblico piu' vasto anche perch il porting di re4 ha venduto di piu' di umbrella chronicles
I'm Canadian and love India's culture very much. I'm ready to contribute and I've been looking for an organization to contribute. Yet, I want to know when I do that I'm confident the money is going to the right place. I want involvement. I don't want to just send a check. I need to know my hard earned money is making a difference. If you can do this I'm in.
Thank You Mr. Kapoor for bringing this to light.
WE run a school for tribal and village poor near Goa in Karnataka. There is a Canadian organization called Young musicians of the world involved in this effort also. We have 170 kids and we tach music in the morning and academics in the afternoon. THe school is getting good reputation and many well known artists come and help volunteer in music and other work. You can go to youngmusicians oftheworld.com and see for your selves.any support will be appreciated. YOu can also volunteer and stay on campus for 1-2 weeks and see for yourself.
Oh please, another effort to gain popularity by Anil Kapoor in order to become a politician and fill up his offshore bank coffers before he permanently leves India along with his ugly daughter....
Tarun did u look your self in mirror lately gusse not..........
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Christianna: Completing your trolling quota for the day?
It is really a shame for the nation which has best brains. This is only because India is being governed by most corrupt, arrogant and selfish politicians. The present Govt. is not even willing to bring back $1.4 Trillion sitting as black money in Swiss Bank to eradicate the modern slavary and poverty because it belongs to Congress party and its friends. As long as India has corrupt politicans, it is impossible to eliminate this maniac. I salute Anil Kapoor for the excellent work he is doing. India needs people like him. Hope many from Bolydwood will extend their support to him.
Tarnun you must be a jerk like Dig Vijay Singh, R. V. Paswan who does nothing else but harm the people who are working hard for poor people. Shame on You!
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