Munni has been trapped in one of India’s largest red light districts since she was 13 

years old. Like so many stories we hear, a stranger convinced Munni’s father that

there was a job as a house cleaner for her in Mumbai, only to sell her to a brothel in

Kamatipura. Her father would soon pass away, never learning of his daughter’s true

fate.

Munni was forced to work and within only a few months found herself pregnant from

one of the customers. She gave birth to a baby boy and, along with her newborn son,

was moved to another brothel, this one on the notorious Falkland Road. After arriving,

Munni was introduced to another worker who was raising a daughter. Like in Munni’s

situation, the father was a customer. He continued visiting and was abusive towards

both her and the girl. When she heard that Munni was planning to move away and

enroll her son in a proper school, she begged her to take her daughter as well.

Munni agreed.

She was able to find a school that would accept both children and returned with the

daughter to Falkland Road to tell the mother the good news. The mother told Munni

that she was going to take her daughter on a picnic to celebrate before she left.

Instead, she took her to the father and told him what was happening.

He beat the daughter so badly that she had to be hospitalized. When Munni found

out she ran to the hospital. To keep the girl from telling Munni about the beating, the

mother smothered her with a pillow and killed her.

When the police came the mother told them that Munni was trying to steal her

daughter and abuse her. The police believed the mother and Munni was arrested

and sent to prison for two years. During this time her son was watched over by other

prostitutes in her former brothel.

She has since been released but the case is still open and may result in additional jail

time. Munni was forced back to work in the red light where she again became pregnant

from another customer.

Oasis learned about Munni’s situation during our outreach work in Mumbai. We

brought her to the Aruna Center for counseling and invited her to stay in our transitional

care facility, Nirmal Bhavan. While living with us, Munni was able to find a job, but

soon after she left, we lost contact with her. Months later we learned that she had

been hospitalized, but was now living in Asha Dan, a Catholic home for the poor and

underserved.
 
 
[ Article was submitted by Daniel, an Oasis USA intern in India. If you want to know more about 
 
Daniel's time in India, check out his blog: http://www.indiayear.blogspot.com/ ]