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.
Sana was sold in to a brothel as a young girl. She was rescued in 2010 and tells of how her life has changed.
When I was staying in Dongri, I wanted to commit suicide because my sister took me to the red-light district where customers would exploit me. When I came here, I found a hope. I am getting a good education. I have a good family and I am so happy.
Narrative produced and copyrighted by Jyra Films