RAIDED: How Anti-Trafficking Strategies Increase Sex Workers' Vulnerability to Exploitative Practices


RAIDED was developed to forefront the experiences of women in sex work who have been raided, rescued and rehabilitated under the provision of anti-trafficking initiatives in India. It examines women’s narratives along with quantitative data about the strategies of raid, rescue and rehabilitation deployed to combat trafficking of women into sex work. The study unravels the impact of laws and policies on the lives of sex workers. The research centres the experiences of women who were ‘rescued’ in raids, ‘rehabilitated’ for varying periods of time, and are now back in sex work, and shows a non-linear relationship between trafficking and the decision to continue in sex work. 

An executive summary is available above, and the full e-book is available in English, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu on SANGRAM's website

RAIDED was produced as a partnership between human rights activists, human rights research agencies and sex worker collectives in India. The research was led and conducted by the sex worker collective Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP), the NGO SANGRAM in India and Rights4Change based in Netherlands.