When I was younger, my mother was told of a good job opportunity for me in Mumbai. So off I went, excited to be able to work and help support my family.
None of us knew that this "job" was in a brothel. It was too late; I was trapped with no way of escaping. I had now become a slave in the hands of others.
After what felt like forever I was rescued. I am now one of the very few to be free; you could say, one of the lucky ones.
Although I am free there is still a long journey ahead of me. Sadly, I have seen many rescued girls fall back into what they were rescued from. I am also dealing with a lot of varying emotions I've never experienced before.
But I am confident,
I can see hope.
Because I am now over 16, I have been given the opportunity to be employed, educated and empowered through Offspring. Here I receive the help I need to get back on my feet.
5 days a week I am employed. It means I can send money home to my family or even save it away for the future. Not only am I employed, I am also trained and equipped with skills that will help me in the years to come.
Every morning I learn some of the basic things I missed out on growing up because I didn't really have the opportunity to go to school. These lifeskills are giving me a renewed sense of confidence and self-worth.
We laugh, we cry, we talk, we work, we learn and sometimes we even dance. Offspring's counsel and guidance through our weekly sessions encourage me to take one day at a time.
I know this is a place of transition. They are here to help reintegrate me back home to my family, help me find long-term employment, or a community in which I can live independently.
But I also know that whatever I do and wherever I go
Offspring will always be there for me!