Bangladeshi national lured into prostitution tweets PM Modi to convert Rs 10,000 in old denominations from Pune
Pune, May3:When she was rescued from the brothel in Budhwarpeth, Pune, in December 2015, she had bigger battles to fight. This Bangladeshi national, who had been lured to India under the false pretext of a job, and was instead sold into commercial sex work, had to first find her way home. But now that clearance from her home country to accept her back has come through, she has tweeted a hand-written letter to the Prime Minister to help her convert the Rs. 10,000 she had saved in the old denominations to new ones.
In her letter to both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj, the survivor has laid bare her circumstances and how the money she had collected as tips from customers – amounting to Rs. 10,000 – was in the possession of the brothel owners at the time of demonetisation.
The Bangladeshi woman claims that before coming to India, she had been in an abusive marriage for three years. After divorcing her husband, she took up a job at a garment factory in Bangladesh for Rs. 9,000 that she used to look after her parents. There, one of her colleagues told her about contacts in India and how she could earn as much as Rs. 15,000.
“As my financial condition was not good, I agreed to it and he brought me to Vashi. where, to my horror, he sold me to a Nepali women for a mere Rs. 50,000,” the survivor writes. “I was then taken to Bengaluru and handed over to another woman who forced me into prostitution. Later, I was assured that I was being sent back to Bangladesh, but instead ended up in Pune.”
After a year-and-a-half of this torture, she was rescued in December 2015 with the aid of the Rescue Foundation, but all her belongings, including the money stashed away, were left behind at the brothel.