South Asia

IJM Mumbai and Police Rescue Three Teens Being Sold For Sex

MUMBAI, INDIA – IJM investigators and local police pressed on through heavy rains Tuesday afternoon down the crisscrossing alleys of a dense Mumbai neighborhood.

It was not familiar territory, not one of the common red-light districts the groups had explored together before. This was a congested community where thousands of impoverished families lived—a slum where three young teenage girls were allegedly being sold for sex by people in their own community.

Intimidating Odds and a Daring Rescue

Brave Trafficking Survivor Leads IJM, Mumbai Police To Find Girls Trapped In Brothel

MUMBAI, INDIA – Sani* knows what it is like to be trapped, literally trapped, in darkness.

Sani was trafficked and sold to a brothel in Mumbai's massive red-light district, where she was sold to men and raped, night after night. She was hidden behind locked doors and in secret compartments where she wouldn't be found unless she was "needed."

IJM Bangalore: After 13 Years In Slavery, Families Freed From Brutal Rock Quarry

BANGALORE, INDIA – Yesterday, 19 people were rescued from a brutal rock quarry. They had been trapped there for 13 years, confined to live and work in miserable conditions. The manual labor was intense and exhausting. They were not allowed to leave the quarry, and several women even had to give birth in dirty sheds in the quarry compound. They were slaves in every sense of the word.