IJM Kolkata: On New Year’s Eve, Two Girls Rescued Before Ever Abused

IJM helped police rescue two girls being trafficked for sex on New Year's Eve from a bustling train station.
IJM helped police rescue two girls being trafficked for sex on New Year's Eve from a bustling train station.

KOLKATA, INDIA – In the final operation of the year, IJM helped police rescue two girls on New Year's Eve from a bustling train station. It was the fifth attempt in three weeks to thwart traffickers using train stations as exchanges to buy and sell girls.

IJM mobilized a team quickly when they got the call from the Criminal Investigation Department. The police and IJM staff agreed on a plan, but carrying it out at a crowded train station would be challenging. The last attempt on Christmas Eve had failed, but they refused to give up.

The rescue team raced to the platform and ran the length of the train to find the girls—who had already boarded. At first the two girls were confused; they thought they were headed to Delhi to work as house maids. They had no idea that they had been duped and were being trafficked for sex.

The Criminal Investigation Department worked with railway police to arrest four suspects on the spot. The girls are now safe at a temporary shelter where they can process the trauma of what they narrowly escaped and get help making plans for a safe future.

IJM lawyer Saptarshi Biswas commended the collaboration and dedication of the law enforcement units that worked on this case to rescue these girls before they could be abused. "This kind of proactive policing will keep our girls safe and create deterrence for traffickers."

Rescue, Sex Trafficking, South Asia