Founder of Impulse NGO Network and Director of Impulse Social Enterprises, Hasina Kharbhih, shows artisans an Impulse Empower scarf made with material woven by them. Photo: Impulse Social Enterprises.

Founder of Impulse NGO Network and Director of Impulse Social Enterprises, Hasina Kharbhih, shows artisans an Impulse Empower scarf made with material woven by them. Photo: Impulse Social Enterprises. 

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Every year, millions of women across the globe face the threat of human trafficking. Liz Drummond reports on the ANU graduate working with one organisation that supports at risk women in India.

Human trafficking is a very real fear for millions of women around the world. Women who live in countries that have suffered extended periods of war and political unrest are particularly vulnerable. That includes India.

ANU graduate Tatum Street is dedicated to stopping trafficking, as well as better protecting vulnerable women in India’s Assam region from it.

“The Assam region in northeast India is a critical hotspot for human trafficking,” Ms Street says. “The area has suffered decades of political insecurity, the borders are extremely porous, and women have limited economic opportunities.” 

Ms Street, now a PhD student and research assistant in the ANU Research School of Population Health, collaborates with the Impulse NGO. The NGO helps women build sustainable livelihoods by breaking down one of the risk factors for trafficking – poverty.