MUMBAI, INDIA – "You have come alongside us rescued girls, and most importantly, you have helped us fulfill our dreams." The young woman who spoke confidently stood before 34 police officers in uniform. The officers were gathered for an IJM-led training on the law and procedures for cases of commercial sexual exploitation.
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.
KOLKATA, INDIA – In November 2011, a brothel where young girls were regularly raped for profit was ordered permanently closed by authorities – a critical step in ending the cycle of abuse, and one that hadnever been undertaken in the region a single time until a precedent-setting IJM case last year.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Last week, IJM and government officials conducted an undercover operation in a bar in Manila's red-light district, rescuing nine girls and women who were trafficked for sexual exploitation.
"As we ate a meal together, I could see light coming back into their eyes. There is deep pain, but there were moments even of laughter. The girls started to believe that maybe someone had heard their silent cries for help."
– IJM Social Worker