Lira* is a beautiful little girl in Ethiopia, and the perfect example of the vulnerability that orphaned children are faced with. Her father died months ago, her mom is dying of AIDS. She’s already the sole provider for her baby brother. She has no one left to protect her – no one to provide for her and her baby brother. What options does she have?
Because she lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, her resources and opportunities are minimal. As a 10 year old girl, she may try to find work as a house maid. But in reality, she will likely join the 140,000 women and young girls on the streets in prostitution – unless someone intervenes.