Pune India

The vast majority of women engaged in sex work in India are forced into the trade by violence or coercion or are otherwise introduced as a result of extreme poverty.

Preliminary results from 36 women who have undergone the empowerment training find that after one year 90% of those requiring medication for HIV, TB or diabetes either initiated treatment or increased their adherence rates. More than 1/3 of the women re-established links with their native home and improved familial relationships, over 1/3 of the women established savings accounts and nearly 25% were able to successful pay their debts and leave sex work altogether.