MUMBAI, INDIA – After a month-long investigation, IJM has helped apprehend a man who was allegedly trafficking girls for sex. Police arrested him on a crowded street, and IJM helped rescue the girls who were being offered for sale in broad daylight.
KOLKATA, INDIA – Six years after 15-year-old Shefali* was rescued from a brothel in Kolkata's largest red-light district, the woman who trafficked her was sentenced to prison for her crimes. The conviction brings closure to a lengthy trial riddled with obstacles, and, according to IJM Kolkata Field Office Director Biju Mathew, "justice means this brave survivor can keep thriving in freedom."
"My soul and body are gone"
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – Over the past three years, IJM has been developing a complex case against a former military officer suspected of brutally assaulting impoverished girls in his community. Although many stories circulated about the horrific abuse that went on behind the closed doors of his secure home, it took years to locate any families who were willing to formally accuse the powerful Cambodian man of his crimes.
MUMBAI, INDIA – Gita* knew something was wrong when she found two girls huddled together, asleep in the stairwell of her apartment building. They seemed to be alone, and it was unclear how they had arrived in her building.
Gita herself had come to Mumbai as a 12-year-old orphan, and she knew what kind of trouble could come their way.
A Providential Call for Intervention