Only a person, who is a victim of trafficking, can effectively impress upon others on the need to eliminate the crime. A young woman mustered the courage and volunteered to become the change agent, to create awareness among others, and saving at least some other girls from falling prey to it.

The girl hailing from an interior mandal in the Agency area of the district was barely 10 years old, when her mother died and her father deserted her. Some unscrupulous elements introduced her into the flesh trade and after sometime she managed to escape and went back to her village. Narrating her travails in the sidelight of the meeting organised by AP State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Mahita, Plan India and Girls Advocacy Alliance, she said she initially worked as a maid to support herself.

A married man decided to exploit the girl and lured her, promising to marry her. She readily agreed to be his second wife as she had no other option. The man started harassing her physically soon after the marriage. She had a son through him. He used to come home drunk and beat her up regularly.

The man introduced his wife to a surrogacy agent to rent her womb and thereby make money out of it. She managed to escape after sometime and decided not to go back to her husband. She started living with her son but does not know how to support his education.

“I don’t the name of my father and now I am worried that my son will have to face a similar situation, when he grows up,” she said amidst sobs.

The participants at the meet heard her in pin drop silence as she narrated her traumatic past. “We will take rehabilitation of the woman apart from utilising her as a change agent to sensitise the public on the issue,” founder director of Nature S.B. Balaraju said.

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