Trafficker Receives Maximum Punishment After Two Years in Hiding

KOLKATA, INDIA  — Three years ago in a district courtroom outside Kolkata, Maya* stood on the wooden witness stand and boldly shared her story. She declared that the man standing trial had raped and tortured girls trapped in a brothel, threatening them with dire consequences if they refused to obey.

“If you have seen so much abuse and torture in front of your eyes, don’t you want the person who did all this to have justice?” Maya shared afterwards. “If you don’t protest against what he did, he will never be stopped.”

Trafficking Survivor Reacts to Brothel Owner's Conviction

KOLKATA, INDIA – One of the most brutal brothel owners we have ever encountered in our work in India is facing ten years in prison for sex trafficking crimes in two cases. It’s the first time a trafficker has been convicted twice for these crimes in the state of West Bengal.

For IJM staff, this long journey toward began in 2009. For survivors like Prema*, the journey was even longer.

How Prema Was Trafficked

Rescue in Mumbai: Police and IJM Discover a Brothel’s Secret Hiding Spot

MUMBAI, INDIA – Getting inside the brothel is the first challenge: A manager sits outside a locked gate and screens customers. When the creaky gate collapses open, a thick curtain blocks anyone from seeing inside

When a team of Mumbai police and IJM staff entered the brothel on Saturday afternoon, the place was eerily quiet. This was not the first time they had been here. IJM has helped police rescue girls from brothels in this same building five times over four years.