Running time: 40mins
About the film:
Sumangali powerfully tells the stories of women and girls who have been deceived, coerced and trafficked into the cotton mills of Tamil Nadu, India.
It is a little known fact that over 200,000 vulnerable women are girls are trafficked into spinning, weaving and dying mills in Tamil Nadu. They are deceived with promises of a great job and good earnings prospects which will help their families escape a life of poverty.
The reality that they face in the mills is one of exploitation, abuse and dangerous working conditions.
The stories of these girls are weaved into the cotton they spin every day. This fabric is sold into fashion supply chains all over the world. We are each intimately connected with their story as it is weaved into the clothes that we buy and wear.
In 2013 a group of STOP THE TRAFFIK activists met with women and girls who openly shared their heart breaking stories. When asked “What can we do?” Their answer was simple. “Please tell our story”. We promised we would.
So here is the film as a small part of keeping this promise. This film is dedicated to the girls and women who graciously offered their story.
Will you join us in sharing this story?
Together we can work to end this practice and Make Fashion Traffik Free. We invite you to join us. For information about how you can take action visit stopthetraffik.org/fashion
Due to the nature of the content within this film we would advise that parental guidance is given for viewers younger than 12yrs.