Guddi was only 11 years old when her family was persuaded by a neighbour to send her to the city of Mumbai hundreds of miles away from her poverty-stricken village in the eastern state of West Bengal. About sharing image captionGuddi, 22, says she is 'trapped' in Mumbai's red light district British photojournalist Hazel Thompson has spent the last decade documenting the lives of girls trafficked into India's thriving sex industry.
Every woman I've met has been trafficked expegience born there," Ms Thompson said.
To protect the women from violent customers, police introduced bars to the windows and doors of brothels in the s. I would spend a few days and attention would build up so I would leave," she said.
Virgins in Kamathipura are auctioned to the highest bidder. Instead, she ended up at one of Asia's experienfe red light districts to become a sex worker. Entering the brothels initially under the guise of an aid worker, she shot images discreetly from the back of vehicles, the roofs of buildings and under her scarf.
The result is her new, interactive ebook, Taken. Trafficked by her neighbour, she arrived at a brothel. Ms Thompson's journey into Kamathipura started in when she travelled there to photograph children born into the sex trade.
These "cages" still exist today and some women continue to work and live in the same brothels constructed by the British. She was raped by a customer and spent the next three months in hospital. Nothing," Ms Thompson claimed.
They promised her a well-paid job as a housemaid to help feed her family. The British photojournalist is also launching a campaign with the UK-based Jubilee Charity calling for India and other countries to criminalise the purchase of sex. Bythere were eight neighbourhoods in Mumbai which were home to more than prostitutes.
She spoke to Atish Patel about her experiences. In April, the Indian government amended the law to broaden the types of crimes considered to be a trafficking offence and established harsher sentences for traffickers.
Mumbai's oldest and largest red light district is a maze of around 14 dingy, cramped lanes overlooked by gleaming, new skyscrapers - symbols of India's recent economic prosperity that has lifted millions out of poverty. But years later, with the help of Bombay Teen Challenge, she was reunited with her family and now lives in a rehabilitation home run by the charity.
But in Kamathipura, time seems to have stood still.
Throughout the s, the British military established and maintained brothels for its troops to use across India. Prostitjtes enforcement of anti-trafficking laws remains a problem, as does official complicity, according to the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons Report Lata, for example, was tricked and trafficked by her boyfriend at the age of 16, when she was drugged and taken to Mumbai from the southern state of Karnataka.
Almost 60 years later, there were only two, with Kamathipura being the largest. The girls, many in their early teens from poor, kaamathipura Indian families, were recruited and paid directly by the military, which also set their prices. Ms Thompson's ebook, which uses texts, images and videos to get a sense of what life is like in Kamathipura, also includes stories from women who managed to escape from a situation she describes as "modern-day slavery".
She felt constantly on edge every time she went into the district, reaching a tipping point in when she was manhandled by a gangster while she interacted with a prostitute.