Related News: Younger girls forced into prostitution in economic crisis

About 21 million people – or three out of 1,000 people globally – are in forced labor, meaning they have been coerced or deceived into jobs which they cannot leave, figures released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) this year showed. Read More Here.

Apne Aap in the News: The Guardian talks with Ruchira Gupta

Sex work activist takes aim at ‘pimps and johns’ of the prostitution trade

Ruchira Photo Guardian Article Interview

Ruchira Gupta is unapologetic about her controversial work with the ‘survivors and victims’ of sex trafficking in India and beyond. If prostitution is a system based on supply and demand, Ruchira Gupta appears to be taking clear aim at the “pimps and the johns” who buy sex or live off the earnings of sex workers. Watch the interview here.

Apne Aap in the News: Breaking the supply chain of human beings

Ruchira Gupta writes about sex trafficking for Open Democracy

When President Barak Obama recently called human trafficking “one of the great human rights causes of our time” and vowed to take steps to end it, I felt greatly re-assured that our work for the last decade and more to end sex trafficking would gain momentum. Continue Reading.

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Press Release:Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher spotted at Delhi NGO


New Delhi: ‘Two and A Half Men’ star Ashton Kutcher is in the national capital shooting for a biopic on late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. He was spotted spending some quality time with young girls from an NGO dealing with victims of sex trafficking.

The 34-year-old actor will play the lead in the independent movie, to be directed by Joshua Michael Stern, titled ‘Jobs’. ‘Jobs’ centers on the titular figure’s life from when he was a wayward hippie from Northern California until he became the co-founder of Apple.

“Met some powerful girls today in Delhi at Apne Aap: A grassroots movement to end sex trafficking,” Kutcher tweeted on Friday, giving the link to the NGO’s web address –

The biopic will be produced by Mark Hulme through his Five Star Institute banner. ‘Jobs’ is not the only Steve Jobs biopic which is currently in the works. Sony Pictures has also been developing an untitled Steve Jobs biopic, which will be based on an authorized biography by Walter Isaacson.

The rival project still hasn’t tapped its lead actor as well as screenwriter and helmer. Kutcher was last seen in Garry Marshall’s star-studded romantic comedy, ‘New Year’s Eve’. Though he is famously known for his stints in comedy films, the Iowa-born actor also earned strong notices for his performances in such dramas as ‘Spread’, ‘The Butterfly Effect’ and ‘Bobby’.

He was also seen shooting near the Jama Masijid in the Walled City. He tweeted this photo of him with the girls of the NGO.

Field Updates: Salman from the Uttari Rampur Red Light area has passed the Inter Exam (12th Standard) with First Division marks!

This is a great moment for Apne Aap – Salman from the Uttari Rampur Red Light area has passed the Inter Exam (12th Standard) with First Division marks! He is applying in Forbesganj college to do his Bachelor in Arts. A very attentive student, he is one among the first batch of students who attended classes at the Apne Aap non-formal school. He has never gone to any school before although several attempts were made to send him to other schools, but he always used to come back. Finally in 2009, Apne Aap got him admitted into Lee Academy in Forbesganj. In this context, our sincere thanks goes to Ravi, our Helpdesk Counsellor for taking special care of Salman and also helping to get him admitted into Lee Academy. Ravi used to teach him in his extra time. Salman wants to join the Police Force.

Apne Aap in the News: Even Obama is talking about trafficking, when will we?

Ruchira Gupta writes candidly about the anti-trafficking movement in India for The Telegraph.

Apne Aap in the News: Visiting CM meets anti-trafficking crusader

Wow Akhilesh,wait for Mamata, Visiting CM meets anti-trafficking crusader

Akhilesh Yadav did in five minutes what Ruchira Gupta has been hoping Mamata Banerjee will do for months — take the first step to tackle trafficking in the state. Read More Here.

Apne Aap in the News: Ashton has a Job(s)

Ashton Kutcher,in India to play Steve Jobs in a film being shot on the Apple founder, spent five hours on Friday morning in the bylanes on the outskirts of Delhi, standing by victims of sex trafficking. Ruchira Gupta, founder president of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, who accompanied him, describes the less-seen side of the Hollywood star. Ruchira is a Calcutta girl and a former journalist with The Telegraph. Continue reading.

Apne Aap in the News: Vicious Backlash

Mohammed Kalam, who had been honored for his work to check the trafficking in women, at a police training session. The police mysteriously arrested him for the same offense. Read more here.