A year and three months ago, sixteen-year-old Sunita (name changed) left her home in Kultali, West Bengal, for a job in the fish-processing industry of Mumbai. In the rural districts of South 24 Paraganas, her family was in desperate need for some money, to make ends meet. However, after two months Sunita went missing.
At the age of sixteen, Sunita went through the horrors of the sex trade, that people like you and me, cannot even begin to imagine. The fact is, that millions of girls like Sunita still vividly experience such horrors on a daily basis. They are being victimised by the ghastly system of modern day slavery – that runs on the demand for cheap sexual activity.
Soon after her first two months, sunita was drugged and taken on a train to Lucknow – right into the red light area of the ‘Basti’ district. She was forced to spend months there, living the life of a prostitute.
After an entire year, she managed to plan her escape.
Luckily, she had a customer who fancied her and wanted to marry her. She very cleverly, used this to her advantage. At first, he was able to make her elope with him to his home, around 80 kilometers away from ‘Basti.’ On 21st April 2016, Sunita used the man’s phone to call her parents back in South 24 Paraganas. Her case then came to Shakti (name changed), because of his abilities and success stories of rescuing girls from the thick of trafficking. He began planning his rescue mission to Lucknow; joining hands with the Lucknow police. When her ‘to-be husband’ was out of the house, Sunita strategically signalled the rescue team to approach the residence. Thus, Shakti managed to complete the rescue successfully.
What Sunita went through at such a young age, no girl should ever go through no matter what her age. Each of us must stand up and pledge to make a tangible, positive difference in the world. It is our duty to cry abolitionist and end this horrific demand.