Shandra Woworuntu arrived in the US hoping to start a new career in the hotel industry. Instead, she found she had been trafficked into a world of prostitution and sexual slavery, forced drug-taking and violence. It was months before she was able to turn the tables on her persecutors. Some readers may find her account of the ordeal upsetting.
Trafficked: Three survivors of human trafficking share their stories
'I was sold as a sex slave at 19 and forced to watch a girl be murdered' - Mirror Online
Trafficking minors for sex is a multibillion-dollar industry that spans the globe. One region in India and Bangladesh has emerged as a hub of this illicit trade. Before they were sold to the same brothel, Sayeda and Anjali were typical teenagers, growing up in similar circumstances a few hundred miles apart: Sayeda in the city of Khulna in Bangladesh, and Anjali in Siliguri in West Bengal, India. They nurtured the aspirations of teenagers everywhere—to get out from under their parents, to find love, to start living out their dreams. Raised in a tiny two-room house in a squalid neighborhood, Sayeda spent much of her childhood on her own. Outgoing and free-spirited, Sayeda was quick to smile and made friends easily. What she loved most was to dance.
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