South Asia

Thanks to Sister Heema's Training with IJM Mumbai, She Knew How to Help Two Girls in Trouble

MUMBAI, INDIA – Gita* knew something was wrong when she found two girls huddled together, asleep in the stairwell of her apartment building. They seemed to be alone, and it was unclear how they had arrived in her building.

Gita herself had come to Mumbai as a 12-year-old orphan, and she knew what kind of trouble could come their way.

A Providential Call for Intervention

IJM Bangalore's Graduation Ceremony Illuminates The Path Of Freedom

BANGALORE, INDIA—Slavery steals dignity from its victims. But earlier this year, an incredible ceremony celebrated the dignity and value of more than one hundred survivors of forced labor slavery. In the first "graduation" ceremony held by IJM Bangalore's aftercare team, laughing children, proud fathers, and mothers dressed in their finest saris came together to celebrate two years of healing and restoration.

Rescued On The Fourth Of July, Karishma Shared How She Was Initiated The Night Before

MUMBAI, INDIA – Karishma* left her home in Bangladesh less than one month ago. She thought she had met a man who would love her and give her a new life as his wife. A better life. But the farther they travelled from home, the more uncertain Karishma's future became.

On July 4, IJM Mumbai and local police helped rescue Karishma from a brothel. She had been initiated just the night before. She shuddered as she told how one man had raped her, preparing her for the customers who were scheduled to start arriving that very day.

A Cruel Initiation

IJM Mumbai and Police Rescue Three Teens Being Sold For Sex

MUMBAI, INDIA – IJM investigators and local police pressed on through heavy rains Tuesday afternoon down the crisscrossing alleys of a dense Mumbai neighborhood.

It was not familiar territory, not one of the common red-light districts the groups had explored together before. This was a congested community where thousands of impoverished families lived—a slum where three young teenage girls were allegedly being sold for sex by people in their own community.

Intimidating Odds and a Daring Rescue