Rescue trafficked women & children in India

by India Partners
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Rescue trafficked women & children in India
Thanks to you, Payal and her children are safe!
Thanks to you, Payal and her children are safe!

Human trafficking in India is a growing epidemic in our country. According to the Global Slavery Index, 2016 there are 6 victims for every thousand people, and the number is growing. The crime of human trafficking is heinous and the stories are a gut-wrenching portrait of horror. One such story is of our beneficiary Payal*. 

“Life has only offered me betrayal, betrayal at its worst! It was my mother who sold me to my abusers”- says a 26-year-old Payal, who was sold into the trade at the tender age of 17. Nine harsh years in the trade made Payal a bitter woman. During their visit, our field staff came across an impolite, disheveled Payal who refused to acknowledge their friendly approach.

Then during one of the field visits, the staff discovered that Payal’s daughter needed medical help for a head injury. They were successful in building a relationship with Payal as she began to open up and talk about her struggles. She was counseled and started to benefit from the counsel as she overcame her drinking problem, started maintaining her finances and cared for herself and her children’s health. She is now a regular attendee to a drop-in clinic, benefitting from the Hepatitis B vaccination, skin camp, and other value and community building activities. She also successfully completed the cooking course taught at the center.

Payal harbored deep anger against her mother (a commercial sex worker herself), as she forced her into the trade. To add to this, she was abandoned by her husband after two years of marriage. Payal did not want history to repeat itself and desired a safe future for her children. It was this desire that gave her the courage to ask our staff to help her relocate and start life afresh.

Thanks to your generosity, our staff in the red-light districts of India are able to make connections with Payal. Today, Payal drops her children off at school and joins the thousands who commute to work every day as she heads to a training center, learning a skill that will one day provide her employment. Her life and the lives of her children have transformed because of people like you!

 

*Name and photo changed to protect identity.

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Rashmi has been rescued because of you
Rashmi has been rescued because of you

Dear Friend,

In India, many young girls from poor villages make decisions to escape the extreme poverty they grew up in. Rashmi was one of these girls. She was born in a small village outside of Mumbai, India and lived with her aunt and uncle. Her life was filled with abuse, neglect, child labor, and hunger. Rashmi needed to escape and she dreamed of running away.

When she finally got a chance to leave her family behind, Rashmi went with a woman who promised her a good job in Mumbai. Little did Rashmi know, she was being sold into the red-light district. She was kept in a brothel and endured terrifying sexual abuse that was worse than the abuse she was trying to escape.

When our staff met Rashmi she was suffering from a skin ailment. We took her to our medical clinic and gave her treatment for her skin problems. Over time we started to build a friendship with Rashmi and counsel her in her ongoing struggles.

One day, Rashmi came to us with a desire to leave the sex trade. She was scared and didn't know what to do. Our team of counselors assured Rashmi we could help her get out. Good news! Rashmi was able to leave the trade and experience freedom! She was enrolled in a re-integration program and in the past six months has been learning English and other life skills.

Rashmi is free today because of your compassion and generosity. Thank you so much for your help to rescue women and children in the red-light districts. 

Sincerely,

John Sparks

P.S. With Mother's Day coming up in a few days, now is your chance to give a life-changing present to that special mom in you life. When you give today and Rescue trafficked women in India, you will save another mom in India and provide her with hope for a brighter future! Thank you!

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Ramya has started to heal because of you
Ramya has started to heal because of you

When women and girls are trafficked, they are often brought far from home. This is disorienting and hinders their ability to escape the trade. 

Ramya* was found lost and confused on a railway platform a few years ago. After being placed in the safe house, she struggled to communicate, as she is both speech and hearing impaired. Her inability to explain her story frustrated her, sometimes to the point of self-harm. 

Our counselors would simply sit and spend time with Ramya. They discovered she was a very talented artist. She used paper and paint to explain her pain when words failed. 

Ramya has lived in the safe house for almost three years. Many attempts were made to find where she orginally came from, so that she may return home. Eventually, the counselors took Ramya to a special educator for the speech and hearing impaired. After hours of conversation with the special educator, Ramya was able to communicate enough details that we now know where she came from! Now we are working out the details to return her to her family.

It takes much time and resources for stories like Ramya's to have happy endings. If it weren't for your generosity, it wouldn't happen. Thank you for providing hope and healing!

 

*Name changed for security

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Women take place in community-building activities
Women take place in community-building activities

Your support has rescued a woman from tragedy!

When Khushi* was only 20 years old, her husband abandoned her, forcing her to fend for herself. A friend convinced her to move to the city, promising a lucrative job and easier life. Little did Khushi know, she was being sold into the sex trade. 

As the years went by, Khushi's struggles increased. When our staff met her, she was a very angry woman, fighting with others in the area and would even get chased out of brothels. 

But because of your generosity, Khushi joined a program that helps women from the red-light area have access to various vocational training programs, community building activities that imparts value and access to healthcare. The women receive counselling and assistance with an alternative livelihood that enables them to live their lives in freedom from the slavery they are trapped in. 

After lots of hard work, Khushi started responding to the counselling and made the choices to better her life. Now, she has exited the trade! She has a better relationship with her child and all those around her. She has a wonderful job as a salesman for a health and wellness company.

Transformation stories like Khushi's would not be possible without your generosity. Your support allows the necessary programs to exist in order for women to empower themselves out of slavery. Thank you!

 

 

*Name and photo changed for safety

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Vidya chose freedom!
Vidya chose freedom!

Vidya was only twelve years old when she was married to her husband. However, her husband abandoned her seven years later, after she gave birth to her second son. 

With two small children and no home, Vidya struggled to make ends meet. She met a woman named Babita who worked in the sex trade. Vidya felt she had no choice: without income, her children would not survive. So, she joined Babita and was eventually trafficked to a suburb in Mumbai. 

When we met Vidya, she was very quiet, depressed, and fearful. But because of the counseling made possible by your support, she soon began to attend community building activities held and spent more time with other women from the area. She opened up about her problems and took advice on how to live differently.

Vidya has now decided to leave the trade! Your generosity gives these women a second chance at life. She has freedom, because of you.

 

*Name and photo changed for safety

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John Sparks
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