PANJIM: “I am at the Protective Home for the past eight months. I am happy that I am walking out with a certificate of beauty treatment and beauty therapist in hand. This certificate will help me start a new life.” These are the words of a rescued victim of commercial sexual exploitation who was trapped by men into the flesh trade.
“It was my dream to do a course in beauty treatment and be a beauty therapist. However, I was never allowed to do the training by a person very close to my life. Today, I am happy that I have managed to complete the course and received the certificate. I will surely, pursue this as an occupation after my release from protective home,” another rescued victim said.
As many as 11 such victims recently completed their two-month training to ensure a better livelihood after their release from the shelter home where they landed during separate prostitution crackdowns by the police. These women and young girls were rescued during different raids across the State in the recent past and lodged at Protective Home.
The department of women and child development, Goa in collaboration with NGO Anyay Rahit Zindagi provided skill training in beauty therapy to these victims. The training was provided by professionals of a Miramar based Salon.
“The decision of providing training in beauty therapy was to ensure that the victims learn a skill, which would help them to get employment post release from the protective home. A large number of girls become victim of trafficking due to economic reasons. The skill training in beauty therapy would create better opportunities for employment and a respectable earning,” ARZ Director Arun Pandey told media on the concluding seminar.
The decision of training the residents of protective home in Beauty Therapy was based on a study conducted by ARZ with the residents of Protective Home to know their interests in learning skills wherein majority shared their desire to learn “Beauty treatment”.
ARZ also conducted a survey to know skill demand in the native state/country of the residents of protective home with the assistance of local NGOs during which it was found that job opportunities in beauty treatment were good and the salaries ranged between Rs 10,000 to Rs 18,000 per month.
It has also contacted NGOs in the native state/country of these trained girls to assist them in getting employment after their release from Goa.