Sama's Story


Sama* ran away from home at 12 or 13 years old. She eloped with a boy named Rahul whom she had fallen in love with. Her parents were unaware of their daughter's relationship. Sama and her boyfriend married and lived together for a while but they did not have enough money. Rahul brought her to Mumbai and abandoned her near a brothel. A girl called Archana befriended Sama and introduced her to prostitution. She started working in a dance bar and a brothel. She became pregnant with a customer's child. He promised her to give 20,000 rupees for her delivery but was never seen again.


Ramshree Thakur, the brothel keeper, happened to be from Sama's home village and knew her mother. When Sama realized she was pregnant, she asked Ramshree to call her mother to come and take her home. The raid happened the same day that Sama was going to leave with her mother. At that time, she was 7 months pregnant.


*name changed to protect identity

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