Shalimar (name changed) holds a chicken in her home. Shalimar´s mother was brought from Kolkata to Haryana more than 20 years ago and forced to marry with Shalimar´s father. After Shalimar and her two sisters were born, family of her father are repeatedly forcing all of them to leave their house: they have no right to stay with the family because they are born from a paro, a derogatory way trafficked women are commonly called.
Tahmina (name changed), 14, was sold for 50.000 INR ($730) to a +40 years old disable man. She was rescued by police from the house she was kept in Haryana. Thanks to the NGO Empower People she was reunited with her family, who couldn´t afford to travel from Assam to Haryana (more than 2.000 km away). In the image, she holds his father for the first time in more than two months.
Shujana (name changed), 16, was sold as a bride in Haryana, more than 2.000 km far away from Assam, the state where she belongs. After one year living with her so-called "husband", she was rescued by her family thanks to the help of ONG Empower People. This image was taken in her family home one year after she came back. Now she has a one year old boy child born from the man who purchased her.
Maheera (name changed) was sold to a +70 years old man as bride. After giving birth to a girl, her “husband” died and she was then resold to some other man, who used to bit her up daily. She managed to run away, but the trafficker who had sold her twice before found her, being in a high risk to be resold again. NGO Empower People tracked her. In the image, she is being rescued by the police from her trafficker´s house in Mewat District of Haryana.
Jumma is Maheera´s trafficker. He sold her first to Reheman, a +70 years old man. When he died, Reheman´s family bring her back to him. Then he sold her again to some other man, who brutally bit her up daily. She managed to run away but Jumma found her. Police rescued Maheera from Juma´s house, but it took two months until he was arrested. In the photo, Jumma is on the way from local police station to the District Court of Mewat in Haryana.
Jabala (name changed), 20, rests in her bed after being brutaly beaten up by her husband last night. She is from Jharkhand and was married five years before to a man in Haryana from who she has two children. Domestic violence is common in rural areas of India, but women who are trafficked are in a most dramatic situation: being from other states, they don´t have a family who stay for them protectingthem from abusive husbands and in-laws.
Samsuddil (41) is married since 1999, but he was never able to have children with his wife, so he purchased Arjina for 10.000 INR ($ 150). After a year of marriage, their first son was born. Arjina, unaware of her age, is from Assam, but has been living in Haryana for at least five years. She has a 4 years old boy who lives somewhere else in Haryana and a 3 years old girl who Samsuddil adopted as his own child.
Majeda Begum points at her daughter Nabijah (name changed), 15, in a photo in her home in Barpeta District, Assam, India. Nabijah was missing in Nov. 2015. In February 2016, she managed to call her mother and told her that she run away with a lover, who later took her to Rajasthan and sold her as a bride. She is currently living with the man who purchased her and expecting a baby.
Jappha walks in the yard of her family house in Mewat District of Haryana. She is forth of nine siblings. Her father Azim purchased her mother Saeeda more than 20 years ago.
Sanjida (right) looks for some photos with her two daughters in their home in Mewat District of Haryana. Sanjida was brought when she was a teenager from her native home in Assam to Haryana with the promise of a job and a better life. Later she was forced to marry Mubin, who had paid 10.000 INR ($150) for her.
Razia works in a wheat field in Mewat District of Haryana. She came from Jharkhand several years ago and was forced to marry a man more than 20 years elder whose his first wife died. Many bride trafficking survivors usually are forced to work in agricultural sector without getting any money.
Sanjida (center) shares an intimate moment with her children in their home in Mewat District of Haryana. When talking about the differences between being a local woman an a "paro" (the derogatory way bride trafficking survivors are usually called) Sanjida states that "paros" are forced and abused more than local women.
Tahmina (upper left), 14, was sold as a bride to a man more than 20 years older for 50.000 INR ($740). In the image, she spends some time with her elder sister Jazmina (left) and mother Pul (right) in a safe house provided by NGO Empower People after being rescued by police few weeks before.