Vidhyaa Chandramohan

Photojournalist + Visual Storyteller
       
The Boarding School Saves Girls from Sex Trafficking
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Nationality: Indian
Biography: Vidhyaa is a photojournalist and National Geographic Explorer based in Abu Dhabi. She focuses her documentary work in the UAE on gender, cultural, social, and environmental challenges and issues.  As a visual storyteller, she aspires to tell... MORE
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The Boarding School Saves Girls from Sex Trafficking
Copyright Vidhyaa C 2024
Date of Work Nov 2018 - Dec 2019
Updated May 2019
Topics Black and White, Children, Community, Discrimination, Documentary, Dreams, Editorial, Education, Emotion, Essays, Feature, News, NGO, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Poverty, Prostitution, School/College, Womens Rights, Youth
As an artist, I am deeply moved by the remarkable story of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya boarding school in Simraha, Bihar, India. This institution serves as a powerful force for change, rescuing young girls from the clutches of sex trafficking and offering them the transformative gift of education.

Through my photography, I aim to illuminate the profound impact this school has on the lives of these vulnerable girls, who, as the daughters of marginalized, low-caste Nat community women, have long been ensnared in the cycle of hereditary prostitution.
In Simraha, where the shadows of the sex trade loom, the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya boarding school stands as a beacon of hope and liberation. Its mission is nothing short of extraordinary: to dismantle the cruel system of hereditary prostitution by providing these girls with education and empowerment. This mission, undertaken by the tireless efforts of Apne Aap NGO and supported by the Bihar Government, is a testament to the unwavering commitment to change.

Through my photography, I capture the essence of this transformative journey—a journey that begins with education as its cornerstone. Education is the liberating force that enables these girls to break free from the chains of sex trafficking. The school is a sanctuary where these girls are sheltered from the home-based brothels that were once their only surroundings. Without this refuge, they would have inevitably fallen into the same grim fate as their mothers.

My photography serves as a celebration of the resilience and strength of these young girls as they embrace the power of knowledge to reshape their destinies. It honors the dedication of Apne Aap NGO and the unwavering support of the Bihar Government, which serves as a champion in the battle against sex trafficking. Through my photography, I seek to convey their mission's urgency and their profound impact on these girls' lives.

In "Breaking Chains: Empowering Lives Through Education," I aspire to inspire viewers to reflect upon the profound potential of education and the remarkable change it can bring, even in the most challenging circumstances. These girls are not just survivors but beacons of hope, breaking free from the darkest of cycles. My photography aims to amplify their voices and stories, reminding us all that education is a beacon of light that can guide us out of the darkest places and into a brighter, more hopeful future.




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