When she was 15 years old, she was told that she would get a stitching job in an export factory in Delhi but she never did. Instead, she was 'sold' in Delhi’s red-light area, GB Road, where she spent the next 30 years of her life. Up until a year ago, she wanted to leave but could not.
In 2022, however, with support from NGOs Savera and Shakti Vahini, and the hope of creating a better future for herself, she left the job.
Today, the woman, aged 45, stitches tote bags and makes earrings for a living. Six such women -- all survivors of sex trafficking, were rescued from GB Road, and have now come together to start their own brand ‘WePower’.
The Quint speaks to the women about the rescue and rehabilitation.