I want to punish the men who did this to me,” said Lata, who is part of the first cohort.
A new facility opened up in India — the School of Justice — has an inaugural class of 19 girls, all of whom were formerly trafficked into sex work and will now study toward becoming lawyers in order to fight back against their perpetrators.
The school, which opened on April 6, is a joint project between India’s chapter of the anti-sex trafficking organization Free a Girl, and one of the top law schools in the country.
Lata, who is part of the first cohort, and who was sold to a brothel by her ex-husband shortly after she got married, told Mashable, “Becoming a lawyer is my dream, and bringing justice to those responsible for forced child prostitution is my goal … I want to punish the men who did this to me.”
The inaugural class will see the girls, aged between 19 and 26, take classes to prepare for law exams, and receive tutoring and mentoring. When they graduate, they will receive law degrees, specialized on commercial sexual exploitation cases.