Binita

Age: 29 years

Binita was a very mischievous child growing up. Her parents moved from Assam to Howrah, West Bengal, when she was very little. She lived with her parents and 6 siblings in West Bengal. Except for Binita and her younger brother, all her other siblings were married and lived away. Binita’s family was very poor as her father was a daily wage labourer and her mother a housewife. The entire household depended on the meagre earnings of her father.

When Binita was 11 years old, her mother fell very sick and this led to a financial crisis for her family. There was no money for her mother’s treatment so Binita thought of taking up some work to support the family. One of her neighbours took advantage of the situation and offered her work in Mumbai. Helpless and vulnerable, Binita took the offer and went with her neighbour to Mumbai. In Mumbai, she was sold for 1.6 lakh rupees into a brothel in the red-light area of Sanpada.

At the tender age of 11 Binita watched other women at the brothel dress up to meet their customers and she was made to do the same. Binita was shocked. She had no idea what to do. She was scared and just kept crying.

When she refused to serve customers, the brothel owner beat her up and locked her in a room, not giving her food. Out of fear, Binita agreed to attend to customers in the brothel. Being very young, customers were willing to pay a high price for her. One day, she found a chance to escape from the brothel and she decided to run back to her village in Howrah. On the way she met a policeman who assured her he would help, but instead of taking Binita to the police station, he took her to a different brothel in Turbhe red-light area in Mumbai and sold her there. In this brothel, Binita was kept in an isolated dark room for more than 7 years where she did not see sunlight for all those years.

As time passed Binita started to accept life as it came. As an adult she was allowed to go out and one day she decided to go back to her village to see her mother. After seeing the deplorable condition of her family she returned to the red-light area. Binita did not know any other way to earn money. For her, this work was the only way to make money and live her life, so she continued this work. After some years she fell in love with one of her customers and started living with him. She got pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. However, after the birth of her daughter, Binita’s husband started treating her and their child very badly. He would physically abuse and harm them. Binita and her baby girl both fell sick and were helpless. That’s when YouCanFreeUs rescued Binita and her baby girl from the Turbhe red-light area.

Binita is happy that she is out of the dreadful life that she was living. After living a life of abuse and exploitation, she can now breathe freely. After living in darkness for so many years, she is happy to be in the light.

After having her childhood taken away from her, Binita almost started life from the beginning at YouCanFreeUs. She learned to look after herself and also care for her baby. She is now a loving mother to her 4-year-old daughter and dreams of living a life of dignity and self-respect. She has done a tailoring course and wants to have her own tailoring shop one day. She was shifted to Bangalore. YouCanFreeUs found a job for Binita at a residential school as a caretaker and her daughter is been admitted to a residential English medium school that runs a CBSE syllabus. The mother and child are both doing well.