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.
Mia was kidnapped as a young girl and forced to provide sexual services in a brothel.
I was 14 or 15 years old when the brought me here to Mumbai. I was kept underground for 3 years. They kept me in a hold, underground. There was no sunlight, air…light. If I refused to have sex he would beat me so bad. I have no way out.
Please don’t give me false hope! Please don’t…please don’t…