Aaheli’s Story

Aaheli’s father left her family when she was 2 years old. Her mother, Mahiya, tried to get support from her family, but they refused. With no support system, Mahiya was desperate. Then, when a woman showed up and offered hope of a new life she immediately followed her. The woman said she could take them somewhere to work and find them a place to live.

But the woman lied. She sold them to a brothel. The brothel owner took good care of Mahiya and Aaheli for the first week. The owner gave them new clothes and fed them well. Then one night that all changed. The owner drugged Mahiya and forced her to let men come into her room. Aaheli was brought upstairs and not allowed to see her mother for the rest of the night.

After that night, everything was different for Mahiya. Day and night she was exploited and abused. She went through two abortions, which left her weak and extremely thin. When she became pregnant again it was not noticeable until about 7 months. The owner allowed her to have the child, as long as she would still “work.” She gave birth to a baby boy, but because of her poor health she got an infection. The infection made her very weak and she became anemic. When she was at her weakest, the brothel owner forced Mahiya, Aaheli and the newborn boy out to the streets.

Mahiya was again forced to take “clients” to provide food for her family. While she and her family were living on the streets, a Project Rescue staff member met Mahiya. After some convincing, Mahiya allowed Aaheli to go into the Project Rescue affiliated aftercare home. There she encountered the love of her heavenly Father who loves her more than anyone else ever could. Aaheli lives in freedom, and knows because of the healing work of Jesus, she will never again be a captive.


4 comments on
Aaheli’s Story

  • Rachel says:

    Great uplifting story of hope! What about Mahiya and her son? What happened to them? I’d love to know.

    • Project Rescue says:

      Hi Rachel, we do have some information about Mahiya and her son. Though they are still living in the red-light district, the outreach team stays in close contact with them and has helped provide needed medical care and other necessities for them. The team continues to reach out to Mahiya. She and her son visited Aaheli last week and were at the aftercare home for the worship service. We would appreciate prayer for them. Aaheli is thriving and has received much needed dental care.

  • Deepak says:

    Does ProjectRescue try to bring the mothers like Mahilya out of prostitution? Don’t you face threats or opposition from brothel owners?

    • Project Rescue says:

      Hi Deepak, Project Rescue absolutely tries to bring women out of sexual exploitation. However, it is often a lengthy process. It is a long and difficult road with many challenges, but every life restored is worth it. There are often dangers involved.

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