The first Sexual Behaviour studies in India were done by Shakti to develop communication strategies for prevention of HIV/AIDs. Pioneering studies were to understand the sexual behaviour patterns and attitudes towards sexuality amongst youth, blue collar workers, white collar workers, tribal as well as rural population to cover the State of Maharashtra. A total of 4,000 men and women were covered in Pune, Nasik, Thane and the rural pockets outside Pune. Funded by the Ford Foundation, Shakti worked closely with many NGOs and the Directorate of Health Services, Govt. of Maharashtra (1994-8). A two-day workshop on AIDS awareness and Sexual Research in Marathi was organized on Jan 17, 18 1995 in Pune attended by voluntary organizations from Mumbai, Pune, Miraj, Nagpur, Beed, Sangli, Nanded, Baramati, Aurangabad and Ahmednagar.
Work on Sex Trafficking – Shakti also assisted groups working on Sex Trafficking. Shakti is actively supporting the project of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a project aimed to end sex trafficking. Apne Aap has set up a centre for women in sex work in Kolkata, and Shakti supported their endeavour to set up a similar community centre in Mumbai. Apne Aap perspective is to empower women to run their own community centre, a credit centre and to develop a succession policy for their children.