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Emmy-winning documentarian, author of I Kick and I Fly, founder of NGO Apne Aap, and visiting professor at New York University.

“I believe in a world in which no child is bought or sold.”



What would you do today, if you had to fight for your life tomorrow?
Fourteen-year-old Heera knows she is living on borrowed time when she is expelled from school. There is no food at home and her father wants to sell her into the sex trade. She has no means to fight back until a woman’s rights advocate enrolls her in her Kung Fu class. Through it, Heera learns that her body isn’t an object to be preyed upon, but a vessel to free herself.


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About Ruchira Gupta

As a journalist, I stumbled upon rows of villages with missing girls and became a life-long activist against sex-trafficking. I made a documentary, won an Emmy and showed the documentary to the United Nations and the US Senate for the passage of anti-trafficking laws. I also started an NGO, Apne Aap Women Worldwide, that has aided thousands of girls and women in exiting prostitution systems. I KICK AND I FLY is my debut fiction novel based on the true stories that I witnessed and experienced as an activist in my NGO. I have won my awards but my work is not finished.

“We will make a world in which no human being is bought or sold.”

Ruchira Gupta

1997 | Selling of Innocents: A documentary on sex-trafficking from Nepal to Mumbai, India


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Ruchira Gupta is an Emmy winning journalist and founder of the anti sex trafficking NGO, Apne Aap that helps women and girls exit systems of prostitution. I Kick and I Fly is her debut fiction novel.
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