WISH for a dignified life

Women recused from the clutches of commercial sex exploitation by NGO Anyay Rahit Zindagi (ARZ) have only one WISH, which is a dignified and financially secured life.

That got fulfilled by ARZ on Monday, which has started a commercial venture to economically empower victims of sexual violence in Goa named WISH – Women Initiative For Self Help is an initiative of Arz (Anyay Rahit Zindagi).

This is the second commercial venture to help these women after the mechanized laundry unit, Swift Wash, which provided employment to the victims of sex trafficking. Swift Wash, for nearly 15 years, successfully rehabilitated around 1500 victims of sex trafficking in Goa. The unit had to be closed in 2021 due to COVID.

  • Shashwat Gupta Ray
  • Shashwat Gupta Ray
  • Shashwat Gupta Ray
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    17 minutes 15 seconds
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    August 10, 2023
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Director Biography - Shashwat Gupta Ray

I am a working journalist with 20 years of work experience. I am currently working as Deputy Editor of the leading English daily of Goa, oHeraldo. I have won multiple journalism awards for my ground reporting from Mumbai, Pune and Goa. I am also an amateur documentary film maker and have won more than a dozen awards for my documentary films uploaded on my YouTube channel Uncovering India.

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Director Statement

The subject of the film is very sensitive as it deals with the lives of women, who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. During the making of this film, the greatest challenge was to get the women to speak in front of the camera. Since they were not used to facing camera, nor they wanted to share their emotions, there was reluctance to give interview. However, the coordinator of the NGO Arz cajoled them and finally they spoke with face mask. They narrated their journey from despair to hope, which this film intends to showcase.