Lakshmi and her sister, Mounika, were born to a poor family in a rural part of India. Lakshmi's family is from the Chamar caste whose traditional work is making leather sandals. Modern industrialization has left traditional work like this behind and along with it, the people who have done that work. With no resources for education and advancement, these outcastes fall farther behind. Lakshmi's parents were approached by a human trafficker to have their daughters come and work in the rock quarries. Reluctantly, at 9 & 10 years old, they let their daughters go with the agent to work in the quarry.
Work in the quarry is torture for any child, but especially young girls. Sharp rocks are moved by children in bare feet to make way for heavier equipment. Workers in these quarries only receive a subsistence meal once a day, and they have no access to clean water. Once they enter the quarry, no one is allowed to leave. A local village leader learned of the Lakshmi, Mounika and the 20 other children working this quarry, and he sent a covert team to organize their rescue. At night, a coordinated rescue team dropped rope ladders over the wall around the quarry, and helped the children climb out of the mine.
Today, Lakshmi is 13 years old, and she lives at The Sylom Children's Home. She hopes to become a seamstress so she can provide for herself and others.
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*The name used is a pseudonym to protect this child’s identity.