Child Pros­ti­tu­tion

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Free a Girl is an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to free­ing young girls from pros­ti­tu­tion and help­ing to con­vict their cap­tur­ers.

In the past nine years, the foun­da­tion has helped free over 4,000 young girls from broth­els in Asia.

Co­op­er­at­ing artists

In ad­di­tion to the auc­tion and an ex­ten­sive 12 course walk­ing din­ner served by chefs Steve Depp and Jaap Schaaf­sma, guests were treated to an ex­clu­sive mini-con­cert by Thomas Berge, Fred Diaz, Ge­orge McCray and the Gipsy Bros. The pre­sen­ta­tion was de­liv­ered by Clau­dia Schu­macher. Mar­bella

Free a Girl is a Dutch char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion how­ever this year they have also been ac­tive out­side of the Nether­lands to raise funds and aware­ness for child pros­ti­tu­tion. “Child pros­ti­tu­tion is a global is­sue and there­fore needs an in­ter­na­tional ap­proach” said Thomas Berge, am­bas­sador of Free a Girl. “We are very pleased with the co­op­er­a­tion of the Dutch Mar­bella Busi­ness Club, Castillo de Monda and Clau­dia Schu­macher. They have worked very hard to make this event a suc­cess and they ex­ceeded all ex­pec­ta­tions” added the singer.

School for Jus­tice

All pro­ceeds of the char­ity event go to School for Jus­tice in In­dia. This unique pro­ject, that was re­cently awarded a Lion in Cannes, gives vic­tims the op­por­tu­nity to study to be­come lawyers and pros­e­cu­tors so they can fight for and cor­rect the im­punity in their own coun­try.

It is es­ti­mated that 1.2 mil­lion chil­dren are be­ing ex­ploited in the sex in­dus­try in In­dia. Last year how­ever, only 55 cases lead to a con­vic­tion.

“With the pro­ceeds of the evening in Mar­bella, we will ex­pose ex­actly what is go­ing wrong with the le­gal sys­tem in In­dia and we will start a lob­by­ing process based on these young girls’ cases. This is des­per­ately needed. The cases of these girls take too long, vic­tims do not re­ceive pro­tec­tion dur­ing the trial and there are sim­ply not enough spe­cialised lawyers. We also be­lieve that spe­cialised courts that only deal with hu­man traf­fick­ing should be ap­pointed. In­dia has only one of those and that should be ex­panded” says Evelien Hölsken, co-founder and di­rec­tor of Free a Girl.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Free a Girl: joamy.toun kara@freea­

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