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Taking on India's Sex Traffickers

Ajeet Singh's decision to adopt a sex worker's children changed his life and his city.

When he was a teenager Ajeet Singh made a remarkable spur-of-the-moment decision to adopt the children of a sex worker with the aim of giving them a different future. The decision not only changed his life, but the lives of many sex workers in his home city of Varanasi in India.

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(Photo: Ajeet Singh. Credit: Laurent Goldstein)

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