“I was quite fearless in my childhood days. Through this phase of life, I started getting scared of people around me. Now I’ve learned to draw inspiration for these experiences and have become fearless again. I’m no longer scared of anything in life.”
Sadhna*, sex trafficking survivor
Kolkata is home to one of the largest red-light districts in the world.
Every day, young women and girls without a support network are trafficked, sold to brothels, and exploited in the commercial sex industry. Sometimes this abuse is hidden in plain sight.
Over the last several years, private sex establishments have increased in number in Kolkata. Vulnerable girls are lured into unassuming houses or apartments under the guise of a good job.
Instead, pimps and madams arrange private meetings between customers and the girls through secret networks.
They are more hidden than brothels in traditional red-light districts, but they exploit young girls just the same.
Sadhna was one of these girls. After her father’s tragic death, Sadhna was desperate to find ways she could help financially support her mother and younger sister.
After a few years of doing odd jobs, 14-year-old Sadhna entered the home of a woman who had promised her a job as a housekeeper. It wasn’t long before she was drugged, raped, and manipulated into returning to the house every time a customer wanted sex.
IJM combats sex trafficking in Kolkata by rescuing victims and bringing perpetrators to justice. Thankfully, we were able to work with local authorities to rescue Sadhna after two long months of abuse. But rescue is only the beginning of the journey for Sadhna and other survivors.
For girls like Sadhna, dreaming of the future is a new luxury.
Through our aftercare program, IJM works to connect young women with resources and mentors to make their dreams a reality, and to restore their hope for a bright future.
Your support can make it happen.
For the Vancouver Benefit Dinner,
October 17, 2018
Together we can help these heroic women
soar above the ashes of their abuse.
What to Expect
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Updates on IJM’s
sex trafficking casework
The opportunity to partner
with us in raising $500,000
for Kolkata projects
Executive Director, IJM Canada
Director of Development, B.C.