This is terrible. Nobody in this day and age should be a slave of any kind, let alone in a supposedly free country like India.

The CNN Freedom Project: Ending Modern-Day Slavery

Editor’s note: Davinder Kumar is an award-winning development journalist and a Chevening Human Rights Scholar. He works for children’s rights organization Plan International. On October 11, International Day of the Girl, Plan International launches its global campaign “Because I am a Girl,” dedicated to improving girls’ education. The girls’ names have been changed to protect their identities.

By Davinder Kumar, Special to CNN

Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh, India — As evening falls, the girls get restless. Huddled in a group, some go very quiet, while others become agitated. The large hall of residence fills with an atmosphere of fear and anxiety.

One of the girls breaks down as she recounts her experience at the Hyderabad brothel she was rescued from just a few days ago: For two weeks she says she was kept sedated and offered to clients in a comatose state before she was allowed a meal.

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