MUMBAI, INDIA – Acting on evidence provided by IJM, police rescued young women trafficked to a brothel in Mumbai, from a large building notorious for violence. Over the past year, police have conducted three separate operations in this building to rescue trafficking victims trapped inside.
The survivors rescued earlier this month were brutalized in the brothel: they told police they had been sold for sex against their wills and physically beaten by hand or with brooms and sticks. They were constantly monitored, not even allowed to use the bathroom without supervision. They were denied any medical care, and were sold to customers even when they were sick or pregnant.
Today they are continuing to heal in a government aftercare shelters, where they received immediate crisis care and medical examinations.