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August 26, 2014 > Bollywood event raises funds to combat human trafficking

Bollywood event raises funds to combat human trafficking

Submitted By Bhupi Sondhi

Over 400 community members attended and $15,000 was raised for ÒLove Never Fails,Ó an anti-human trafficking organization, at ÒBollywood Fusion,Ó held August 15. Organized through the efforts of several area high school students, the goal was to increase awareness and raise funds to fight sex trafficking. The event was initiated by Neha Makkapati from Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon; Leyka Mukkamala, Dublin High School, Dublin; Jasmin Sondhi, Irvington High School, Fremont; Shivi Bhatnagar, Foothill High School, Pleasanton; and Nikhil Kovelamudi, Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose.

Festivities, held at Dougherty High School in San Ramon, featured Bollywood dance lessons, a fashion show, henna painting, a DJ and food. Founder Vanessa Scott of ÒLove Never FailsÓ spoke about issues surrounding sex trafficking and youth in the Bay Area. Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen acknowledged the compassion, leadership and courage of the young event organizers, with certificates of recognition.

One of the student organizers, Jasmin Sondhi of Fremont will take a leadership role to promote human trafficking awareness and prevention in the South Bay.

When asked why activism and awareness is necessary, Ms. Scott highlighted a phone call she that she received, ironically, on the morning of the event from a distraught parent. The mother sought out Love Never Fails for support because her daughter, a graduate of a high school in San Ramon, was suffering the effects of both trauma and brainwashing from being recently exploited in another state.

ÒNo neighborhood is immune to modern day slavery. As such, no person is free from activism. We must come together to protect and support each other as was done by our courageous youth at the Bollywood Fusion event,Ó said Scott.

Love Never Fails is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, education and protection of youth involved in or at risk of becoming involved in domestic sex trafficking. For further visit: http://www.loveneverfailsus.com.

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