CHENNAI, INDIA – This week, IJM Chennai’s advocacy and grassroots-mobilization campaign to raise awareness about forced labor slavery ended with a final performance. Since the campaign launched a month ago, this play has been performed in 50 villages across five districts, reaching 4,800 people.
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.
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.
Mumbai, India – On Monday, November 22, 2011, the Sessions Court for Greater Mumbai issued three strong convictions in two separate cases of commercial sexual exploitation. These cases originated from two rescue operations conducted in the fall of 2010 by the police, with information provided by IJM. During these operations, law enforcement officials rescued five trafficked women from the two brothels.