August 22, 2017
Celebrate with us!
An 18-year-old young lady just started her journey to freedom with us this week in India. She was sold by her own sister and cousin.
We are so proud of our YouCanFreeUs India team and the difference they are making.
You often hear about the horrors of human trafficking. Here are some of our recent success stories we can all celebrate.
Ritu (name changed) has one of the most incredible stories of survival and human endurance. She was kidnapped, sold, beaten and abused by traffickers and men. Kept in a dark room for years, Ritu attempted to escape from the red light district; she thought her only way out was jumping off the roof of the brothel. Ritu tried, but broke both of her legs only to be found again by her captors. She was eventually rescued by the police. In December of 2015 we found her behind these cages in the picture above. That’s when her journey to freedom began. Our India Coordinator, Sheethal, was relentless in her pursuit to see Ritu set free. She was released by the courts and joined our safe house. Today Ritu is healed and just joined a luxury five-star hotel in Mumbai as an apprentice. The pictures above convey her story of transformation.
Amita grew up in Eastern India and was a passionate athlete. One day her coach took her to Mumbai and sold her into the brothels. She has been through the horror and pain that trafficked victims go through. Amita has been one of our stars at YouCanFreeUs. Her life has been truly transformed. She too, started a new apprenticeship at a luxury five-star hotel in Mumbai.
I am following my dream to be a Nurse with the support of YouCanFreeUs……I don’t miss my father anymore.
Jyoti was encouraged by her father to study hard and she loved going to school. Sadly, when her father died, Jyoti’s mother did the best she could financially but could only support her through 10th grade. It was then that her aunt took responsibility for her financially. Jyoti’s aunt sold her to a man working at an exotic bar in the name of marriage. There Jyoti was forced into the sex trade and ended up in the red light area of Mumbai.
Today Jyoti is back in school with the help of YouCanFreeUs Foundation and is enrolled in Nursing School. She is growing in confidence and feels very happy about her achievement.
If you are interested in sponsoring her nursing education please let us know.
Our beneficiaries over the past year have included eight women and one baby!
How beautiful it is when someone we help is willing to help someone else in need – Magda is giving her hair for a foundation who supports women with cancer. Currently, Magda is looking at going back to school to complete her culinary certification. This will give her the ability to begin a new life of independence and freedom.
Radka, from Bulgaria, is our most recent rescue. The trauma of her past is still very fresh. She is terrified of what her traffickers might do to her four children, whom she has no contact with. Radka is learning to read and write in Polish. Our staff helped her obtain new documents, which she had none of, and applied for health insurance; she will soon undergo medical tests.
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