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  • Meet the survivors of the child sex trade.

    Meet the survivors of the child sex trade.

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  • Harleen Walia (center), assistant director of Sanlaap, a rescue and rehab center for young girls in Calcutta

    Harleen Walia (center), assistant director of Sanlaap, a rescue and rehab center for young girls in Calcutta

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  • Child from a highly trafficked area of Nepal

    Child from a highly trafficked area of Nepal

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  • HIV positive children at the Maiti Nepal Hospice whose mothers had been trafficked

    HIV positive children at the Maiti Nepal Hospice whose mothers had been trafficked

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  • Maiti Nepal awareness campaign

    Maiti Nepal awareness campaign

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  • Tulsa, an HIV positive child living at the Maiti Nepal Hospice

    Tulsa, an HIV positive child living at the Maiti Nepal Hospice

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The Film

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins, The Day My God Died lifts the veil of secrecy on the sex trafficking of Nepali children in India using footage from the brothels captured with spy camera technology. The film tells the stories of Gina, sold into sexual slavery at age 7, raped by 14 men, and beaten with sticks and aluminum rods; Anita, lured by a friend, then drugged and sold to a brothel at age 12, where she was beaten and threatened with being buried alive; Maili, trafficked at age 19, along with her infant daughter who was seized and used as “insurance” to keep Maili from fleeing; and Jyoti, sold at age 12, raped, choked, and forced to drink alcohol to break down her resistance.

The child sex trade is a highly organized syndicate that rivals the drug trade in profitability. The industry has formed a pipeline, which starts in the villages of Nepal and feeds a continuous supply of girls to the urban brothels. Recruiters capture them, smugglers transport them, brothel owners enslave them, corrupt police betray them, and men rape and infect them. Every person in the chain profits except for the girls, who pay the price with their lives: 80 percent become infected with HIV.

The Filmmakers

  1. Andrew LevineProducer
  2. Geralyn DreyfousProducer