Komal belonged to a poor family. Her parents were labourers who provided for her and her three sisters with the daily wages they earned at a nearby construction site. Having seen them struggle for years, Komal wished she could help them by getting a job herself. So, when a neighbour promised her a well-paying job at a garment factory in Pune, she agreed readily. But upon arriving at the city, the young girl of twelve was sold off to a brothel.
Eight-year-old Sheru suffered a similar fate. He was brought to Bengaluru, along with several other children from a village in Maharashtra, with the promise of a job and education. But he was made to beg for money on the streets all day, every day.
This is the story of thousands of people who ache to leave their poverty-stricken circumstances behind and start anew in prosperous cities where opportunities seem boundless. In their desperation and naïveté, they fall into the wrong hands and end up in the mire of human trafficking. On the occasion of International Day against Human Trafficking, Soulveda delves into the lives of those who have survived such adversities and found themselves again.
Numerous organisations work tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate and support helpless minors who are trapped in the web of this social evil.
For the most part, education is the first step in setting these children on their path to a dignified life. A diploma or a degree can fetch them jobs and facilitate a sense of achievement.