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.
BANGALORE, INDIA – More than 100 men and women were rescued from slavery this week from factories and farms about 50 miles south of Bangalore, the booming metropolis and epicenter of technology in India.
State Government Initiates Complex Operation
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"
NEW DELHI, INDIA – India celebrated 66 years of independence on August 15. But it was the first Independence Day that Banarasi and Darshan Singh had celebrated in two decades: until this summer, they were slaves.
Banarasi, Darshan, and their eldest son had been trapped in a rice mill in Punjab, India since 1994. The Singh family more than doubled in size during that time. Banarasi gave birth to two daughters and another son. Their first grandchild was born in the rice mill, in line to inherit the same bleak future.