“I felt lonely and helpless and cried a lot as no one was there to help me.” 

As Nishta looks back now, she wishes she never trusted the man who promised to find her a good job. Instead, he sold her to a brothel in a red-light district. For the next 6 months, she was sold daily and bounced between four different brothels.

“I felt lonely and helpless and cried a lot as no one was there to help me,” Nishta said.

But your gifts meant we could send someone she could trust to help her. Together with local police, we finally found Nishta and brought her to safety.

Today, she is thriving in freedom. “I can live independent. I am very happy,” Nishta says. 

She completed tailoring, computer and nursing courses through our aftercare programs. Now, Nishta dreams of opening her own small business: a tailoring shop! Through healing aftercare, she met IJM counselors like Sheela who helped her process her trauma and begin to dream again. 

“It brings me joy to be able to let them know there is hope for them…I feel joyful when I see them do something with their life, take on responsibility and looking after their families. I feel very proud of them,” Sheela said. 

You can help more children trapped in sex trafficking like Nishta find their freedom from initial rescue through long-term aftercare.  



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