Human Traffic Watch

India: Equality Now Supports Apne Aap’s Efforts To End Sex Trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 5, 2013 at 9:44 am

He took her far away from her family and village in Bangladesh to Kolkata (also known as Calcutta), India where he promptly sold her to a brothel. Young and alone in a huge city, Ayesha tried in vain to escape; instead she was sexually exploited for years, suffering repeated rapes and beatings by her “owners.” Ayesha gave birth to three children while in captivity. When it became evident that the local pimps wanted to prostitute her oldest daughter, Ayesha knew she had to protect her family. With the help of Apne Aap, a local NGO working to empower girls and women to resist and end sex trafficking, Ayesha was able to get support for her children and eventually exit prostitution. Instead of becoming another victim, her daughter received professional training and now supports her family through her job as a gas station supervisor at the first all-women run petrol pump in Kolkata.

Read Ayesha’s full story as part of Equality Now’s yearlong campaign, Survivor Stories, which showcases survivor leadership in the anti-trafficking movement.

Source: The Nordic Page


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