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HUMAN TRAFFICKING WARRIORS “I am a free spirit under a free sky, the sky is my family, the stars are my friends, my age is time, my address is in my dreams.” The Day My God Died Narrated by Tim Robbins and Winona Ryder A Documentary On The Child Sex Slave Trade And The Brave Daughters Of Nepal introduces us to the heroes of the movement to abolish child sex slavery, many of whom are survivors who are forming new underground railways to move trafficked girls and women to freedom. The Day My God Died Inspiring profiles of brave young women are interlaced with aching footage from the brothels captured by “spy camera” technology. Director Andrew Levine takes us through ragged curtains and backrooms into the depths of the Kamitipura red-light district in Bombay (Mumbai), known even to tourists as “the cages.” Here sexual servitude is a virtual death sentence —the HIV/AIDS rate among young girls is 80%. The girls are tenderly framed by the lens as they recount their horrifying stories of being taken from their villages in Nepal to the brothels of India, their rescues, and the shelter they find in nonprofit healing centers. There they learn skills and participate in arts programs that rebuild their spirits, including dance and writing. The healing process leads many of the young women, some dying of AIDS, to become determined advocates who risk their lives to save other girls. Some return to their villages with megaphones to warn Nepalese families and urge villagers to ostracize anyone who participates in trafficking. These nonprofit centers are underfunded and dwarfed by the size of the child trafficking problem, but they continue to fight for one life at a time. Survivors dance as part of their healing process at Maiti Nepal, a Nepalese organization that organizes to prevent trafficking, and rescues, rehabilitates, and reintigrates survivors into local communities. 42 WINTER 2004 Driven by a desire to help their sisters, survivors, such as the Maiti Nepal delegation pictured above, are increasingly returning to their native villages to perform awareness-building demonstrations about the dangers of trafficking. Three trafficking survivors playfully surround Harleen Walia, the Assistant Director and Dance Therapy instructor at Sanlaap, a nongovernmental organization in India that resues trafficked children from red light areas and rehabilitates them in shelter homes. © Greg Epstein, © Andrew Levine

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