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Kimaya: “At the age of 14, I was forcefully pushed into sex work”

Megan Stoia
Dec 10, 2022

 

The arrival of a new baby is something that’s celebrated by families all over the world.

It’s an occasion that gathers family and friends from all walks of life. Words cannot describe how precious it is when a new life is brought into the world.

In some countries, it’s still common for families to prefer a baby boy over a little girl because boys will carry on the family name. In certain cultures, boys are even seen as a special blessing or a sign of favor.

But in other places, like the Banchara community in India, the birth of a girl is coveted … for a dark and shocking reason.

Kimaya, whose name I’ve changed to protect her identity, was one of these “coveted” baby girls. As the eldest daughter in her household, her beauty was a source of immense pride.

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From a very young age, Kimaya was pampered by her relatives. Her mother taught her how to do her makeup and take special care of her hair. She received fine clothing and divine perfumes.

Kimaya was the jewel of the family — to be given away to the highest bidder.

“At the age of 14, I was forcefully pushed into sex work by my parents,” Kimaya said. “Nobody was there to help me; I had no choice but to accept this profession.”

Kimaya is just one of countless girls forced to work in India’s sex industry to provide for their families. From the moment these girls are born, their entire lives are decided for them.

Girls like Kimaya are trapped in a form of cultural slavery called nari mata. Mothers groom their oldest daughters to become sex workers to pay for their brother’s marriage dowries, which can take years. Most girls start as young as 12 and only stop when they are too sick to continue.

Now a mother herself, Kimaya wants a better life for her children and the other women in the Banchara community.

Will you stand with women like Kimaya today and help them experience freedom?

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You have the power to help a young girl like her escape a life of sexual slavery

Today is Human Rights Day, so what better time to make a difference for women trapped in cultural slavery than today? You can help them build a brighter future for themselves, their children, and their communities. You can give them a chance to choose freedom … an option they’ve never had.

It only takes $50 to help one girl in India or Thailand 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 she loves.

Your generosity will show a girl affected by the sex industry that she’s not alone … and show her the love of Jesus.

Give now to transform a girl’s life in India or Thailand this Human Rights Day.

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