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Chamoli lived near the birthplace of the Buddha in Nepal. When she was 16, she met a young man and fell in love with him. He promised to marry her but insisted that she come away with him to India. So one day she ran away with the boyfriend and crossed the border to India on foot. From there she and her boyfriend took a train to the Indian city of Poona. Once they had reached Poona, Chamoli was taken to a house where there was an older Nepali lady and many young girls. The lady gave her boyfriend some money and then he told her that he was going for a moment. He never came back. Chamoli suddenly realized that she had been sold into prostitution. She refused to accept her new trade. She was repeatedly beaten. She was not given any food. When she screamed in deaance, knives and chilli powder were held to her genital area. Finally exhausted and worn down, she agreed to provide sexual services. After a few weeks, she was sold to a larger brothel in Bombay. There she was given a cubicle that consisted of one small wooden bed surrounded by a curtain. She lived and worked from this space. She served about 10 clients every night of the week


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