Male children are as much vulnerable to becoming victims of sex trade as female children. While some male children, usually from the peri-urban areas, are those who may have run away from home due to a personal problem or may be been lured by a life of freedom and money fall into the sex trade trap, others are whose who are forced into it. There are many male children with feminine or dual sexualities who look for sex with male partners. Mostly under 18, these young boys are victims of child or adolescent prostitution. The magnitude of male children being exploited for sex work or male sex workers are much larger than what it seems. The repercussions are dangerous as the boys indulge in unsafe sexual practices. Additionally, they are unable to mainstream with the society as they are not accepted by the society. Many have STD and STI (Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections) or HIV. On the other hand, the lack of access to higher education and vocational training makes the boys stagnate. They are unable to progress in life and improve their lives and livelihoods.
By working with victimized and sexually exploited male children (boys and adolescents) Sampoorna is not just working on unchartered areas but with a group whose needs go beyond mere economic or social considerations. Sensitive to their inherent sexuality tendencies, Sampoorna has designed a holistic rehabilitation programme that is situated within the context exploited young boys, rather than trying to take them away from it.