According to the National Crime Records Bureau, the number of registered human trafficking cases has increased by 38.3% over five years, from 2009 to 2013. Ayesha was in danger of becoming just one more such statistic before she was rescued; now she looks to the future with fierce grit and determination.
The Ayesha we meet is poles apart from the one that was rescued from a brothel. Alone, angry and afraid, she was raped everyday for months on end. That Ayesha was bitter, angry and did not believe in any good in the world. There has been no looking back though, since the day she was rescued. Brick by brick, she has rebuilt her life and discovered how mentally and physically strong she is.
She puts her heart and soul into her boxing sessions, driving in punches with the skill and intent of a seasoned boxer. She wants to dedicate her life to protecting others. Wiping sweat off her brow, she tells us, “I want people to respect me. I want people to look at me and look up at me.” The determination in her steely eyes and squared shoulders gives us a glimpse of a brave woman ready to take on the world – a force to be reckoned with.
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