MUMBAI, INDIA – Four girls as young as 10 were rescued last week from a moving train headed hundreds of miles away from their home to Mumbai. Police and IJM staff flooded busy train platforms to rescue the girls. They worked together in close collaboration with other NGOs and government operations to pull off the rescue operation. A train passenger who happened to be an NGO employee had called in a tip to the government social service agency—several girls were seen traveling with a couple that seemed overly watchful and suspicious.
MUMBAI, INDIA – It was just after midnight when the rescue was complete. IJM had assisted with an anti-trafficking operation in Kamathipura, Mumbai’s largest red-light district. It was a fast and well-executed operation, leading to freedom for two young women.
Usually such operations take many hours, even days. But in part because of an IJM training, this particular operation went far more efficiently. In fact, the entire operation had finished within a matter of hours.
Police recently arrested a priest in Mumbai for sexually exploiting girls under the guise of embodying a spirit, the priest telling the families they would receive divine financial favor. Upon his arrest, the priest admitted to raping at least 22 girls. IJM was alerted to the case by an official who had recently attended an IJM training and asked for logistical assistance. Since January 2015, IJM Mumbai has trained more than 3,500 police and police trainees in the state of Maharashtra on how to handle human trafficking cases.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Another 117 former slaves are safely home this week following IJM’s third massive rescue operation with officials in India this year. The latest rescue took place at two brick factories in South India on Thursday, May 14, less than a month after 260 people were rescued in Bangalore. In February, another 333 slaves were rescued in IJM’s second largest operation to date.