Kamathipura is a maze of buildings originally created by the British for reasons best left to our imaginations. While independence did come to India, hundreds and thousands of girls are yet to find freedom from the bondage of sex trafficking. The tragedy of which is disguised in the normalcy of its bustling streets. But above the shops are an array of windows framing the faces of women lost without hope, as they appear and disappear like fading portraits. It is behind these innocuous walls, girls are ‘broken in’ like animals and locked in tiny dark cells for many years, the doors open only to those who perpetrate this evil. Kamathipura is a microcosm of what is a rising global phenomenon of sexual slavery.
Mets pitcher, RA Dickey is partnering with Bombay Teen Challenge. Both RA and BTC are on a quest to end this vicious business. They are working to stop sexual slavery in Mumbai.
It has been a long time desire for Dickey to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, but the climb will also have a far greater impact than just fulfilling a personal desire. RA will be climbing to bring awareness and funds to aid in a powerful work that is occurring many miles away from home. RA and his wife are passionate about the issue of human trafficking, where young women are often forced into a life of prostitution. They are a special couple who feels the pain of young girls whom they have never met or seen; nonetheless, they want to do what they can to set these girls free.
During the baseball season, when he pitches at his stadium in NY, he climbs up onto the mound and stands before a crowd of over 40,000 fans that are cheering him on to bring victory to his team. This January, RA Dickey will be climbing a different mound, one that is over 19,000 feet above sea level. RA will be climbing for thousands who have no voices for they are held captive in inhumane situations. But we can speak for them and fight for them. Let’s support RA Dickey and his amazing venture so that together we can work to set these beautiful girls free.
He will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to help raise $100,000 for the work that Bombay Teen Challenge does in the Red Light Districts (read more).
HOW YOU CAN HELP
With $100,000, Bombay Teen Challenge will be able to purchase a health clinic right in the heart of the red light district. This will allow thousands of women living in the brothels to become introduced to Bombay Teen Challenge and ultimately, have a chance at freedom.
But we need your help. Contribute and tell your friends to join us in the great move to set beautiful free!
In the Press:
The New York Times – http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/a-climb-and-a-cause/