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Sita

Sita was sold into a life of sexual slavery for just 29 U.S. dollars…

Although her father was a former missionary, Sita did not grow up in a family bursting with love. Sita always felt that her family did not want her, and the young girl was regularly ignored. 

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Chandra

Chandra was trafficked – bought and sold as property – to four different brothel owners. Still, amidst her vulnerable circumstances, she kept her heart focused on freedom…

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THEIR STORIES

Buna

Buna

BUNA'S STORY Buna was not expected to live when Shanta first met with her in a hospital in Nepal. A CONVERSATION OVER TEA CHANGED HER LIFE Buna’s mother died when she was a young child. Though her father remarried, Buna did not experience a mother’s love. Instead,...

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Rachana

Rachana

RACHANA'S STORY A TRAGIC LOSS A mother’s guidance and love are extremely important, especially when it comes to young girls. Rachana never received this guidance as her mother passed away when she was barely a toddler. Rachana attempted to turn to her father for...

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Didi

Didi

DIDI'S STORYTHE RIPPLE EFFECT So often we ask ourselves, Is what I am doing actually making a difference? The fight against human trafficking is overwhelming when we look at the numbers.  I am here to say to you,  Yes, we are making a difference, and ripples that seem...

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Aapti

Aapti

AAPTI'S STORY A FAMILY'S BETRAYAL When you read Aapti’s story, it is hard to imagine that she is only 19 years of age. When Aapti was just 6 months old, her mother died and her father abandoned her. Aapti, however, was not alone. She was taken in and raised by her...

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Urmi

Urmi

URMI'S STORY "My father was a drunk, and my mother did not care about her children. At 14 years old, I was facing an arranged marriage. I begged my father not to go through with the marriage; he ignored that request." A BROKEN HOME AND AN EARLY MARRIAGE By the time...

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Sangita

Sangita

SANGITA'S STORY "I heard from girls in my village how wonderful the Middle East was. My husband couldn't stop me. I was going to earn money for our family." A MOTHER'S LOVE From a small community in Nepal, Sangita lived with her loving husband, Guna, and their...

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Udita

Udita

UDITA'S STORY "We talked about our future. We said we would get married, run off to India, have a big family, and be happy forever. Little did I know…" THE PROMISE OF LOVE Udita came from a childhood of poverty where her father worked two jobs to support the six...

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Radhika

Radhika

RADHIKA'S STORY AN ALMOST LOVE STORY Everything seemed to start innocently… with phone calls from a wrong number. Looking back, however, Radhika thought the calls were odd and now wishes she had simply ignored them. A BUDDING ROMANCE By the age of 18, Radhika was...

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Rekha

Rekha

Rekha was raised in a supportive family — one that empowered her to continue her schooling into college. Even with this support, Rekha was in danger of becoming a victim of human trafficking. The reason she was at-risk was not because of her family or education, but rather because of social media.

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Devina

Devina

The heat of the sun made it hard to breathe, as Devina wiped the sweat off of her forehead. She had been riding on a cramped and uncomfortable bus for nearly five hours when it finally stopped for a break. Devina leaned her head against the warm glass of the window while the woman next to her sat texting, hardly ever looking up from her phone.

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