Arjun's Family is Free, but the Battle for Justice Continues

BANGALORE, INDIA – Some IJM clients are nervous to go to court. Not Arjun. The young boy told IJM he wanted to go to court and tell the judge how the owner of the brick kiln where he once lived had beaten his parents. When his family was rescued from slavery three years ago, Arjun was just 8 – but he remembers clearly what his family faced, and he was ready for his voice to be heard.

Growing up in Slavery

IJM Cambodia: Terrified Trafficking Survivor Rescued from Brothel

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – Late last week, IJM worked with police to rescue young women who were trapped in a brothel. IJM investigators discovered and documented evidence of the abuse that was occurring in the brothel, located in a popular tourist destination notorious for trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of underage girls.

Mumbai Police Apply IJM Training, Rescue Trafficked Woman from Violent Brothel

MUMBAI, INDIA – Last week, IJM Mumbai assisted local police to rescue a woman who had been trafficked to a brothel, routinely beaten and exploited by customers who paid to rape her. Police arrested the brothel keeper, who will face trafficking charges.  

The young woman was taken to a police station where she gave an initial testimony of the abuse and received immediate crisis care. “She had been beaten badly. She had knife marks on her hands and bad bruises all over her legs,” shared one of IJM’s staff members who stayed with her at the station late into the night.

IJM Chennai and Local Government Rescue Families from Slavery in Adjacent Rice Mills

CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week IJM Chennai assisted local authorities to rescue dozens of children, women and men trapped in two rice mills, forced to work as slaves. The IJM staff and government officials planned to rescue families from one rice mill, but when the team arrived individuals from an adjoining rice mill started jumping over a wall, begging to get out of slavery too.