No 14-Year-Old Should Experience This
The Voice of Prophecy is seeking to bring help and hope to children devastated by human trafficking in India by raising $25,000 to complete this year's funding obligation for Azadi, a rehabilitation home in Bangalore, India, established in cooperation with Child Impact International.
Over the last two years, dozens of girls have been rescued and found restoration at Azadi. One such girl is Zatha.
At just 14 years of age, Zatha was forced by her mother into prostitution. In the dark and dirty brothels of Bangalore, India, Zatha’s young life seemed choked by the darkness of sexual slavery. But hope broke through the darkness when Zatha was miraculously rescued and brought to Azadi.
Zatha’s story of deliverance is unfortunately the exception to the rule. The sad reality is that:
- In India, a child goes missing every eight minutes, according to data from the National Crime Records Bureau.
- At any given time, India contains an estimated 18.4 million victims of modern slavery. Of that number, 26 percent, or 5.5 million, are children.
- 1,703 children and 3,887 women were missing or kidnapped in Bangalore alone in 2018.
- 80 percent of human trafficking is done for sexual exploitation.
- November and December are big months due to holiday parties.
- Once sold as sex slaves, particularly to brothels, victims seldom come back to normal life, as the impact of the suffering is so intense they often lose their mental balance and accept life as prostitutes.
No 14-year-old girl should ever be forced to sell herself to support her family. Your donation today will help rescue girls like Zatha, victims who are kidnapped and tricked into this despicable trade. The financial need is urgent—it is only through your contributions that we can provide a place that shelters these girls, teaches them valuable job skills, and restores their dignity and hope.
Let the light of Christ shine in the darkness of Bangalore, India, through your support of Azadi. Help us raise $25,000 today so that more girls can be freed from the satanic grip of human trafficking and experience the love of God and hope for the future.
Please note that all donations are processed in US dollars and the Charitable Gift Receipt provided will be valid for US taxpayers only.
Each girl has a story and you can read two of them below:
Salma (name changed) — 15 years old
When she was just a small child, Salma’s father died. Her mother was unable to care for her, so she sent Salma to live with her grandmother. Growing up, Salma envied her friends and their families and desperately wished that she, too, had someone to love her. This love ache made her vulnerable and a friendly neighbor boy drew her teenage affections. Soon all her hopes and dreams revolved around her boyfriend and she became extremely possessive of him.
Then one day they got into a fight.
Later that day, Salma’s grandmother scolded her harshly for something. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Late that night, Salma sneaked out of the house, and without saying a word to anyone, jumped on a bus headed south to Bangalore, India.
It was still dark when she arrived at 5 a.m. Stepping down from the bus, Salma became disoriented in the unfamiliar surroundings. Her rash act suddenly seemed very foolish. A woman noticed her confusion and offered to take her to a nearby hotel and buy her breakfast. Over a hot meal, the two became acquainted. Then without warning, the woman blew a strange smoke in Salma’s face. When Salma regained consciousness the next day, she was horrified to discover she was trapped in a brothel.
The brothel madam coldly commanded Salma to dress and be ready to service incoming customers. When Salma flatly refused, she was viciously beaten black and blue and threatened with death if she didn’t comply. Thus began days of unspeakable horror and degradation as this young teenager was repeatedly forced to submit to the abuse of countless men.
Salma’s keepers periodically moved her and the other trafficked girls to new locations to avoid detection from authorities. Thankfully, one day, after three months of unending trauma, Anita—our partner in India—and a rescue team stormed the brothel where Salma was enslaved, and freed all the girls. The team took the girls to a government-run shelter for safety, while authorities determined the best course of action for each girl and endeavored to reunite the girls with their families.
Nisha (name changed) — 19 years old
Nisha was born and brought up in Mumbai, speaks good English and looks educated. When asked during the rescue about how she ended up in a brothel, she said she was working in a four-wheeler show room as a receptionist. Her monthly salary was 20,000 and she was doing fine with the salary. Her father had died recently and her mother was a housewife. Suddenly, her mother took ill and she was diagnosed with cancer. In need of money for treatment, she began enquiring about other jobs. Her friend recommended a person who could pay her well. She ended up in Bangalore in a brothel instead of a hotel job as promised.