Deliverance for Baby Glory
Her father worked as a street labourer, the poorest of the poor. Tragedy struck, as the child’s mother died, when she was 9 months old. In turmoil, unable to cope, and with intense financial pressure, the father took his daughter to Kamatipura, the centre of Bombay’s sex industry. The man toured the brothels and offered the baby for sale.
The news caused a sensation as the brothel owners bargained over the innocent child.
Danny Smith took this photo of baby Glory, aged 9
months, just after she had been rescued in 2001.
© Danny Smith
Glory, right, aged about three years, with her best
friend, Kavita. An enchanting moment captured by
photojournalist Hazel Thompson. © Hazel Thompson
Here she is today, on the right, ‘all grown up’, aged 8
years – a happy, confident girl with the past far
behind her. © Bombay Teen Challenge
He was offered £150. But the news reached Rev Devaraj and the Bombay Teen Challenge team. He rushed to the brothel, convinced the father to stop the sale, and hand the child into his care.
The rescue completed, the baby was saved. She was named Glory.
Over ten years ago, Rev K K Devaraj took Danny Smith inside Bombay’s sex industry to reveal girls in danger of being sold into slavery – and a remarkable partnership was created to rescue children at risk. Now, with four homes and a shelter in the red light district, over 100 children like Glory have been saved from sex slavery in India, and started a new life within a loving family environment.
Rev Devaraj and Bombay Teen Challenge have ended links with Jubilee Action but continue their partnership with Jubilee Campaign. We need your help to continue supporting this life-changing work. Please make sure that gifts are sent directly to Jubilee Campaign only. Even a few pounds will make difference. Thank you.
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