'A step across the threshold' by Sudharak Olwe | Indian Photographies | Scoop.it

"In 1993, a 15-year-old came to Bombay. A deal had been struck somewhere, a price had been put on the body, and she had been delivered from the hills of Nepal to Kamathipura, a place that does not care for a return address. For Rs 40,000, Ambika Jeroo Nepali, was bought by one of the brothels in Mumbai’s red light area. It’s a price that she repaid for the next 11 years, the first five of which her earnings went entirely to the brothel owners and pimps. She had to earn back the amount she had been sold for, before she could see any money of her own."

 

Images by Sudharak Olwe