Visit Panitanki

Join Free for Life on a journey and discover what life is like in India.

Explore what life is like in an Indian village.

What time is it?

What time is it?

Panitanki, India is 9 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Eastern Time.

Distance to Mt. Everest

Distance to Mt. Everest

121 Miles

Major Industries

Major Industries

Textiles
Food Processing
Cement & Steel

Human Trafficking Factors

Cultural challenges women and girls face in India

Arranged Marriages

Arranged Marriages

Cultural pressure to marry young means that girls in India, and their families, are susceptible to false marriage proposals — a common tactic of traffickers.

Education & Literacy

Education & Literacy

Nationally, India’s literacy rates for women are around 60% — well below that of men. Early marriages often cut short a girl’s education.

Employment

Employment

India has one of the lowest rates of female employment in South Asia, meaning limited opportunities the women and girls who do work.

Open Border

Open Border

Movement of Nepalese and Indian citizens across the border between the two countries is largely unrestricted and unmonitored.

Poverty

Poverty

The crushing weight of poverty and all that comes with it – creates vulnerability to the various schemes employed by traffickers.

Cultural Attitudes

Cultural Attitudes

Long-held cultural attitudes towards women make them subject to gender-based violence and second-class treatment.

How Free for Life is Responding

From border monitoring to scholarships, Free for Life and our international partners are providing comprehensive care for survivors of human trafficking to help bring healing and restoration.
How We're Responding