FAMILY REUNION

When a girl expresses that she wishes to be reunited with her family, a home investigation is taken up on court request and also for restoration purposes most often with the support of a local partner NGO. It has been observed many times that members of the family are involved in trafficking, and in these situations it is absolutely a wasted effort if the survivor reunited with her family as she would be immediately reintroduced to prostitution. One important indicator that clearly reveals whether a family member is a trafficker is their claiming of custody immediately after rescue. Most often than not, these people are directly or indirectly involved in exploiting the victim. If the investigation reveals that the family is not a safe place for the girl, family reunion is avoided and she is counseled to stay back in the organization. But if the home investigation reports are positive, showing no correlation between the family and trafficking as well as an adequate level of economic stability, then immediate efforts are taken to arrange a home visit for counseling and restoration of the survivor.

A significant number of rescued women, however, are never re-united with their families. This largely happens due to the following circumstances: 1) a family member was involved in trafficking; 2) parents were earning a living off the victim and were aware of the exploitation; or 3) the family conditions are not conducive for her stay. In many cases of HIV positive victims, the family rejects them or does not accept them into the community due to social stigma. For this reason alternative options for reintegration are explored.