Now living in safety, her voice still cracks and breaks when she recounts what she witnessed as a child.
“Daulatdia brothel is a dark place. Life in the brothel is not life at all. I hated that life. I hated growing up inside the brothel. Children are not safe here. It was terrifying. I was always scared. I passed my day with deep sorrow. In fear of being involved in the sex trade.”
Daulatdia is a hub for local trade. A place that is home to 1600 women who sell sex to around 3000 customers every day. Some were kidnapped as children by gangs, some are sold by family members, others tricked by boyfriends or pimps.
Her mother was a chowkri (bonded sex-worker).
They shared a single room of corrugated iron where her mother entertained clients. When she was a baby her mother would hide her under the bed.