Journey to hell and back: Story of a flesh-trade victim

  • S Raju, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: May 02, 2015 13:17 IST

The three-year physical and psychological trauma that Alpana (name changed) went through in her life can be a lesson for any young girl.

A West Bengal resident, Alpana, 19-year-old at that time, fell for a neighbourhood guy, knowing little what was in store for her.
Madly in love with the guy, she had then decided to elope when their families opposed their relation.

That’s when her journey to hell started. The boy first took her to Delhi and later shifted to Meerut. It was in Meerut that Aplana came to know about the true colours of her beloved.

She was handed over to a brothel owner. There were no takers for her pleas and tears then onwards.

Day in and day out she had to sell herself to customers without a whimper. Raising any objection was taken as rebellion, which was almost always followed by merciless beating.

She was told to accept it as her fate and be happy and make her customers happier. The ordeal went on for about three years, before she was rescued by a social worker and sent back to her family.

Talking to HT over phone from West Bengal, Alpana says the days spent in Meerut still sent shivers down her spine. There was nobody she could rely on and all she received was lust and more lust.

There were other girls too, all of whom were made to stay in a hall just to check rebellion, she adds. Her rescuer social worker Atul Sharma says that her body was full of scars, mostly burn injuries.

She was often locked inside a small cabin as punishment for raising her voice, says Atul, who planned her rescue by planting a fake customer.

Recalling the rescue op, Atul says, “We came to know about the plight of the girl through an informer. However, when we raided the brothel we found no trace of the girl and the brothel owner tried to mislead us. But we managed to track the girl with the help of the fake customer.”

In West Bengal, Alpana today is trying to cope up with the trauma. Helping her is her loving and caring family, which she once deserted for the love of an outsider.

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