Today, 400 million people will struggle to find decent food, clothing, or shelter. 27 million will have to live as modern-day slaves (if their lives can even be called "living"). Because of poverty and debt, families are stuck in servitude for countless generations, with no hope of ever being free. And because of corrupt local officials and an uninformed public, nothing will be done about it.

In India, some of the poverty-stricken women are forced into prostitution to support themselves. Others are trafficked from foreign countries or off the streets and into brothels. It is estimated that 70% of these women are HIV-positive, and 40% of them are girls under the age of 18.