In India, when families have several children, they constantly try to find ways to feed and educate them. Traffickers take advantage of this and trick parents into sending their daughters to Mumbai with the promise of work, education and the ability for the girl to send money home to help her family.
Anu was sent to Mumbai when traffickers promised that she would become house-help for a wealthy family. Instead, she was sold into the sex trade as a teenager. After being raped and beaten she found the only way to survive was to accommodate the demands of those that were forcing her to work in the trade.
When the pandemic hit, Covid-19 changed everything. The government locked down the red-light district and women that made their living there, were suddenly without any income.
Your gift made it possible for Anu (and others like her) to join an India Partners training program where she is now enrolled in adult literacy classes, values training sessions, small business workshops and more. Together these will allow her to provide for her and her young daughter. This actually demonstrates one benefit of the pandemic — it allows women to escape the horrors of the district. Anu now has hope for the future because of your compassion and generosity.
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