MUMBAI, INDIA – Last week, in response to proof gathered by IJM, Mumbai police acted quickly to rescue several young women who were trapped in a brothel.
When IJM and police arrived on the night of the rescue, the women who had confided to IJM caseworkers about the abusive conditions inside the brothel were present. Another young woman, who had arrived the very night before and had not yet been sold by the owner, was among those rescued.
One of the women reported that she had been working for four years in the brothel, attempting to pay back an alleged debt so she could leave. But the brothel owner made it impossible to repay the loan, and the women were rarely able to leave the building. The owner forced the women to have sex with customers several times a day, at times without a condom.
On the night of the operation, the brothel owner was arrested and will face charges under the Indian anti-trafficking law. IJM lawyers will develop a strong legal case to ensure justice is secured and impunity is not the rule in this building.
Today, the trafficking survivors are currently receiving crisis care in a government aftercare home, and IJM social workers will continue to provide support as they rebuild their lives.