1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. Objectives
  4. Target Group
  5. Implementation
  6. Eligibility


A Comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of trafficking and Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-integration of Victims of Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation.


  • Trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation is an organized crime that violates basic human rights. India has emerged as a source, destination and transit for both in-country and cross border trafficking. The problem of trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation is especially challenging due to its myriad complexities and variation. Poverty, low status of women, lack of a protective environment etc. are some of the causes for trafficking.
  • A multi sectoral approach is needed which will undertake preventive measures to arrest trafficking especially in vulnerable areas and sections of population; and to enable rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of the trafficked victims.
  • Keeping the above issues and gaps in mind the Ministry has formulated a Central Scheme “Comprehensive Scheme for Prevention of Trafficking for Rescue, Rehabilitation and Re-Integration of Victims of Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation-Ujjawala”. The new scheme has been conceived primarily for the purpose of preventing trafficking on the one hand and rescue and rehabilitation of victims on the other.

Objective of the Scheme

  •  To prevent trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation through social mobilization and involvement of local communities, awareness generation programmes, generate public discourse through workshops/seminars and such events and any other innovative activity.
  •  To facilitate rescue of victims from the place of their exploitation and place them in safe custody.
  •  To provide rehabilitation services both immediate and long-term to the victims by providing basic amenities/needs such as shelter, food, clothing, medical treatment including counselling, legal aid and guidance and vocational training.
  •  To facilitate reintegration of the victims into the family and society at large
  •  To facilitate repatriation of cross-border victims to their country of origin.

Target Group/ Beneficiaries

  • Women and children who are vulnerable to trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Women and children who are victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation.

Implementing Agencies

  • The implementing agencies can be the Social Welfare/Women and Child Welfare Department of State Government, Women‟s Development Corporations, Women‟s Development Centres, Urban Local Bodies, reputed Public/Private Trust or Voluntary Organizations.
  • The organization must have adequate experience in the field of trafficking, social defence, dealing with women and children in need of care and protection, children in conflict with law, etc

Eligibility Conditions

The implementing organizations must fulfil the following eligibility conditions:

  • The agency should be registered under law and must have a properly constituted Managing Body with its powers, duties and responsibilities clearly defined and laid down in its Constitution;
  • The organization must not work for the profit of any individual or body of individuals;
  • Itshouldordinarilyhavethreeyearsexperienceafteritsregistration;
  • Its financial positions should be sound
  • It should have facilities, resources, experience and personnel to initiate thescheme for which assistance is sought;
  • Voluntary organisations should be registered with the NGO PS portal of NITI Aayog.

The Components Of Scheme And Pattern Of Assistance

The Scheme shall have the following main components:-

  • Prevention
  • Rescue
  • Rehabilitation
  • Re-integration
  • Repatriation

The implementing agencies may seek assistance for one or more the components as mentioned under the scheme. While applying for a particular component(s), the implementing agencies should provide justification for selecting the specific components and the location of projects.