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2018 (Narrative date)

The Global Slavery Index 2018 estimates that on any given day there were nearly 8 million people living in modern slavery in India. The GSI 2018 reports an emerging trend in northeast India where organised trafficking syndicates operate along the open and unmanned international borders, duping or coercing young girls seeking employment outside their local area in to forced sexual exploitation. Many women and girls are lured with the promise of a good job but then forced in to sex work, with a 'conditioning' period involving violence, threats, debt bondage and rape. 

Brinda* was kidnapped and sold to a man who forced her into prostitution in Delhi. She was beaten and subjected to sexual exploitation daily.

I was walking in the harbour area. A man gave me something to smell. I fainted. His name was Babo. When I regained consciousness, I was in Delhi.

He sold me to Aslam who called a customer and told me to work. I said I don’t want to do this kind of work. Aslam beat me very badly in front of the customer. The customer then raped me and left.

Aslam took me to many cities. Manali, Haryana, Punjab, Meerut, Mangalore. I tried to run away many times, but he used to hit me on my legs. Both my legs turned blue. I suffered from infection. My leg had to be operated upon. Aslam came to see me a week after the surgery.

We got him arrested.


*name given


Narrative as told to filmmakers for Selling Children. Credit is given to The Why Foundation and Documentary Filmmakers.