Bombay Sex Trade: The Day My God Died
Laura Lederer senior advisor, US Department of State
Brigitte Cazalis Collins director, Friends of Maiti Nepal
Laura Leder and Brigitte Cazalis Collins expose the child sex trade industry in Bombay after a screening of , an independent film on the same issue.
According to the United Nations, 2,500 women and children throughout the world disappear every day to be sold into sexual slavery. Many of these are young Nepalese girls who are trafficked, often by someone they trust, and sold into sexual servitude in Bombay's nightmarish red-light district Kamthipura--a filthy, teeming sexual marketplace, known as "the cages," of over 200,000 young women and children. Sexual servitude is also oftentimes a death sentence. In Bombay alone, 90 new cases of HIV infection are reported every hour.
The victims are getting younger. Two decades ago, most women in the Indian brothels were in their twenties or thirties; today, the average age is 14. "The Day My God Died" puts a human face on these abstract numbers as the documentary recounts the stories of several Nepalese girls who were forced into the international child sex trade. In their own words, the girls tell about the day traffickers took each of them described as "the day my God died." Andrew Levine's powerful, unforgettable The Day My God Died, is hosted by Susan Sarandon and narrated by Tim Robbins.
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