The Day My God Died

<i>Andrew Levine. Independent Lens. 60 minutes. Airs on PBS, Nov. 30.</i>

Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.


Their stories sound like South Asian versions of the Marquis de Sade, but it’s not fiction. As Tim Robbins narrates, sweet-faced, teen-age girls from Nepal — former prostitutes in India rescued by a child-saving agency — describe the trauma of being kidnapped from their villages and imprisoned in Bombay brothels. They recall beatings and rapes to “break” them for sex with scores of clients a week. They talk of being infected with HIV, and preparing to die of AIDS.

These sex-trafficking abominations have been extensively documented by human rights monitors in the last decade. Hearing the innocent victims’ stories is infuriating, even more so on film than in NGO print. But for all its immediacy, The Day My God Died lacks vital context: It never mentions that Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries, that rural Nepalese have little work or education, that grown women and girls alike “voluntarily” migrate to Indian brothels because their families desperately need money, that many aren’t kidnapped. And that adult women get AIDS, too.

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Or at least we hope. It’s fall fundraising time, and we’re trying to raise $250,000 to help fund Mother Jones’ journalism during a shorter than normal three-week push.

If you’re reading this, a fundraising pitch at the bottom of an article, you must find our team’s reporting valuable and we hope you’ll consider supporting it with a donation of any amount right now if you can.

It’s really that simple. But if you’d like to read a bit more, our membership lead, Brian Hiatt, has a post for you highlighting some of our newsroom's impressive, impactful work of late—including two big investigations in just one day and covering voting rights the way it needs to be done—that we hope you'll agree is worth supporting.

payment methods

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Or at least we hope. It’s fall fundraising time, and we’re trying to raise $250,000 to help fund Mother Jones’ journalism during a shorter than normal three-week push.

If you’re reading this, a fundraising pitch at the bottom of an article, you must find our team’s reporting valuable and we hope you’ll consider supporting it with a donation of any amount right now if you can.

It’s really that simple. But if you’d like to read a bit more, our membership lead, Brian Hiatt, has a post for you highlighting some of our newsroom's impressive, impactful work of late—including two big investigations in just one day and covering voting rights the way it needs to be done—that we hope you’ll agree is worth supporting.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate