In her fearless fight against human sex trafficking, Rangu Souriya has till date rescued over 8000 girls and minors from brothels and domestic servitude across the country.
Ever since her voluntary involvement in the rescue of a 13-year-old girl in 2004 from the house of a businessman, Rangu has never looked back.
"The most satisfying thing about rescuing a girl is reuniting a daughter with her mother and watching the smile on their faces. It's worth everything."
Based out of Siliguri in North Bengal, the transit hub for major sex rackets, Kanchanjunga Udhar Kendra, the organisation she started deals with international crime syndicates engaged in child trafficking in different parts of India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.
She constantly receives threats from goons and mafia coupled with the lure of a handsome sum of money. However, set with a mission to ‘free women from sexual bondage and exploitation’, Rangu Souriya relentlessly continues her fight against human sex trafficking. For her bravery, she has received the Prestigious 100 Women Awards given by President of India in 2016.
"It would be unwise for me to say that I don't fear for my safety, but I believe that since God showed me which path to walk on, God will take care of my safety as well. I get threats almost every day. But If we fold our hands and do nothing, tomorrow there will be another rape of a helpless girl child."
In spite of her fearless attempts in going on raids to rescue these girls, she is now facing the bigger challenge of safely rehabilitating them back into the society.
"Somewhere along the way, people look down on the girl like it's her fault. They curse the innocent girl like she might have voluntarily gone there. Even if its only for two days, she is not pure anymore. Girls lose hope on the society and give into re-trafficking and a few of them commit suicide too. They don't understand that she has also been cheated and lured into it."
To prevent this from happening, Rangu Souriya has now embarked on a mission to build a home for the women she rescues. If the home is built, the rescued girls can be rehabilitated, brought back to normalcy, provided with new life skills and the necessary confidence for a new life.
"If all of us come together, we can stop crime against women. This home will give them a chance for a new beginning, but I can't do it alone. Your support will help hundreds of women live a life of dignity and freedom."