South Asia

IJM Chennai: Brothers Convicted For Violating India's Anti-Slavery Law

CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, two brothers were convicted for violating India's anti-slavery law, the Bonded Labor Act. The two men used slave labor to run a rice mill, and IJM helped government officials rescue families trapped as slaves there in two different operations.

In March 2009, nine families were set free from bondage at the rice mill, when IJM helped local authorities conduct the first operation. 23 people – including children – received release certificates, legal documents that emancipate them and entitle them to certain government benefits.

IJM Mumbai: Three Convictions After Courageous Testimony From Sex Trafficking Survivor

MUMBAI, INDIA – After a tough legal battle, an Indian court has declared three traffickers guilty of sex trafficking crimes and evicted them from the building they had been using as brothel. The just verdict means each of the traffickers will serve a prison sentence, and it means justice for the four girls who were rescued from the brothel in February 2010.

IJM Mumbai: They Hadn't Seen Sunlight For Three Years...

MUMBAI, INDIA – IJM Mumbai got a call from the Kolkata police department. The police had been looking for Sundari,* a teenage girl who had gone missing three years earlier. Her brother had been the one to report the case, and he had refused to give up hope.

After months and months of false starts and dead ends, the Kolkata police believed they had finally found Sundari – she had been trafficked from Kolkata to a red-light district outside of Mumbai, nearly 1,000 miles away.