With a population of approximately 1.2 billion, India is the world's largest democracy and second most populous country (UNDP).
India has a rapidly growing urban middle class and has made great strides in fields such as information technology, but the majority of the rural population remains in poverty.
An estimated 12% of children in India (5-14yrs) are in some form of child labour (UNICEF).
In over 1000 red-light districts, there are an estimated 2.3 million women and children in prostitution. A quarter of these are minors and children (CATW-AP).
With a population of over 14 million Kolkata is the capital of the Indian state West Bengal, and is a place of both extreme wealth and extreme poverty.
The FreeToBe international program’s are carried out by the FreeToBeKids Charitable Trust, a not-for-profit organisation registered in India.