Charlotte Colenutt - Soul Mate
"Soul Mate" documents the work of the non-governmental organisation Odanadi. It is an organisation based in Mysore, southern India. Established in 1984, Odanadi was registered officially in 1993.
Odanadi addresses all forms of sexual violence against women and children, with a special focus on human trafficking. The organisation rescues and rehabilitate people that have been affected by exploitation. It has adopted a holistic approach to combat sexual violence through prevention, rescue, rehabilitation, awareness and training programmes. Odanadi's focus is to raise awareness and change the mind set of men towards gender equality through training, education and sensitising communities.
Through the years Odanadi has been recognized and supported by organisations and individuals from all over the world, with affiliates in the UK (formed in 2008), US (2010), Sweden (2013) and the Netherlands (2008).
Sex trafficking is a lucrative industry worth an estimated £99 billion a year; 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude and forced labour. In India, children from poor and rural communities, especially those with emotional, physical and learning difficulties, are particularly vulnerable to domestic and inter-country trafficking. They are often kidnapped or bought from their families to be sold to brothels or into bonded labour.
The founders of Odanadi, Stanly K.V and Parashuram, have been involved in the rescue of 4,200 women and children from traffickers. One recent rescue project saw nine girls being rescued from a brothel disguised as a hotel. The girls were hidden in a secret room built behind a bathroom wall. Another successful project included three girls being rescued from a secret room in a drainage culvert - one girl was sadly dead; the accused men were successfully arrested.