Migration and human trafficking

The living and working conditions of migrants are often catastrophic. The line between migration and human trafficking is blurred. AWO International is committed to self-determined and safe migration.



More than 70 million people worldwide have been forced to flee war, violence and hopelessness. About 230 million people live as migrants far away from their home countries. Especially for migrant workers, migration often ends in precarious working conditions and exploitation. An estimated 30 million people are affected by human trafficking and forced labour.

South Asia • India

Utthan - a collective of survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation

In Kolkata and District 24 Parganas North in West Bengal, India, we work with the partner organisation Sanjog (Bangla for "connection"). The project is about the establishment of a collective and self-help groups by and for survivors of human trafficking.

South Asia • India

Human trafficking and trauma - a way out through dance and movement therapy

In the foothills of the metropolis of Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal, AWO International works with the partner organization Kolkata Sanved against human trafficking. The project focuses on healing and empowering affected and disadvantaged women and girls through the medium of dance and movement therapy.


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