MUMBAI, INDIA – Late last week, IJM helped police and a specialized anti-trafficking unit rescue young women trafficked for sex from a particularly notorious neighborhood, known for its highly protected criminal activity. The successful rescue operation ended months of investigation, indicating that a couple had been trafficking girls from Bangladesh and selling them to men in Mumbai for sex. Three suspects were arrested that night, and IJM will support a case to ensure the suspected traffickers are held accountable according to Indian laws against sex trafficking.
MUMBAI, INDIA – This week, two managers of a brothel in Mumbai's red-light district were found guilty for sex trafficking crimes. The conviction secures justice for eight young women who were rescued from the brothel in early 2011, in a rescue operation led by police based on information they received from IJM Mumbai.
KOLKATA, INDIA – Laughter and the crash of bowling pins tumbling down fills the air. A popular song begins to play, and dozens of girls shout and sing along. It could be an afternoon of fun anywhere in the world, but for the nearly 150 girls gathered in Kolkata, this afternoon is a standout event. The girls, many of them teenagers and some of them young mothers, are sex trafficking survivors.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Last week, IJM helped local police rescue half a dozen young women trafficked for sex. Several of the women are young mothers, and a few are still in school while trying to provide for children. All are extremely poor. As they shared their stories with IJM staff, they explained how the pimps who trafficked them were taking advantage of very desperate needs.