Poverty and tradition have trapped them in sexual slavery.
These girls endure humiliation, abuse, and shame day after day. Many will start as young as 12 years old and will quit only when they are too sick to continue.
But you can help. All it takes is $50 to help one girl experience freedom from the sex industry. You will provide critical needs like a safe place to live, counseling, education, medical care, outreach, and more.
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In Thailand, women are expected to be the breadwinners for their families. Girls from poor, rural communities are often drawn to the big cities by the promise of economic opportunity, but they soon find themselves working in bars and on the streets. There are thousands of girls and young women working in the red-light districts of Pattaya and Bangkok alone.
Deep in the heart of India, there is a low-caste tribe called the Banchara. For more than 500 years, they have practiced a tradition known as nari mata. It means that the oldest girl in every family must begin her career as a sex worker at age 12 to help pay for her brothers’ marriage dowries. The dowries are often so expensive that these girls will spend their entire lives paying off these debts.
How you can help
For $50, you can help one girl experience freedom by providing essentials like a safe place to live, counseling, medical care and education or vocational training so she can start a career that she loves.
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