A child has to be rescued from the clutches of some form of sexual exploitation every two days in India. This is the story of Susan, a lively and outspoken aspiring film star, who spent her childhood in the dark shadow of the flesh trade.
After a day of shopping and browsing through bookstores, Susan – a pretty and confident young woman – sits down to have a chat with us. “I want to give hope to girls like me. So that they can live their lives better”, she says, smiling. At a tender age, Susan had given up on her hopes for the future. She was told she was cursed and unlucky.
Born to a mother who was a sex-worker, Susan was made to feel as if her place in the world was not commanded by who she was, but by her circumstances. She felt that there was no escape from the world she was living in. Feeling demoralised and under threat, she tried to end her life, and ended up discovering a new life altogether. Now Susan calls herself fearless, and is ready to face any challenge the world has to offer – ready for fame, for glory, and to be a role model for other young women.
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