Ruchira Gupta is a Clinton Global Citizen and an abolitionist, journalist, human rights activist, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. She has worked to end sex trafficking and lobbied policymakers to shift blame from victims to perpetrators. She testified in the U.S. Senate for passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, addressed the United Nations General Assembly on human trafficking, and was instrumental in the passage of India’s new anti-rape laws that criminalize trafficking—the first of their kind in her country. In 2002, she founded Apne Aap Women Worldwide, an anti-sex trafficking organization based in India that empowers girls and women affected by prostitution.
“Unless sex buyers are punished, women and girls will continue to be exploited.”