Today, there are at least 5 million children of sex workers in India. These children grow up surrounded by brothels, drugs and prostitution because their mothers often work or live in these areas. The children are often left alone during the day while their mothers are sleeping. At night, some are drugged and put under the bed while their mothers work the sex trade. Children left to live in this environment are at extremely high risk of being abused or used in the trade themselves.
Rajana grew up in one of Mumbai's red light district. Every night, men come into a small, dark room in the alley to see her mother. They live in squalor. Rajana often roams the streets alone as her mother works in the sex trade.
“I feel very bad in the red light area where I live,” says 8-year old Rajana. “I always feel that it was a bad place for me,” she says as she fights the tears in her eyes. “I want to come of out of that place and I want to live a better life than in this dirty place.”
You can rescue a child from the red-light districts and relocate them to a safe home in a nice neighborhood, well outside the red-light areas. They will receive nutritious meals, clothing, medical care, counseling, full-time schooling and experience the love of Jesus. They will have house parents, a private tutor, and live in a caring home where they can thrive. If their mother is still living, they are granted supervised visits. You can save children from being trapped in the brothels, where they experience abuse, drug addiction, and trauma.
You are providing a child hope and healing in a caring and supportive environment. Getting them out of the red-light districts prevents them from working in the sex trade. It will provide them with the resources to have successful futures and positively contribute to their community.