Women's Issues: Sex trafficking in Bangladesh and India (ongoing)
About 800 women and girls live and work inside a state-licensed brothel in Faridpur, Bangladesh. Many of the girls are underage and almost all of them were trafficked against their will into the sex trade. Others were born into the brothel. They see 5-10 clients per day, and most receive no pay because they must repay their debt to their madame.
On the other side of the border in India is the NGO called The Rescue Foundation. They raid brothels and rescue and rehabilitate girls who were trafficked against their will. It was started by Triveni Acharya with her husband, and for the first ten years they rescued and sheltered girls in their own home.
More than 60% of the girls they rescue have been trafficked from Bangladesh. Furthermore, it can take more than two years for the Bangladeshi government to provide the necessary paperwork and permits for the girls to return home. Most of the girls will have to apply to the Bangladesh government and be denied multiple times, further traumatizing them, before they are allowed to return home to their country.