South Asia

IJM Delhi’s First Operation Brings Rescue Despite Angry Mob, Freezing Cold, More Challenges

DELHI, INDIA – On the second day of the new year, IJM helped rescue 33 people from a life of slavery in a brick factory. Twenty-eight people, including children as young as 5, received release certificates that emancipate them from slavery.

The rescue operation was the first of the year for IJM—and it was the first ever for IJM Delhi.

IJM Mumbai: After Nearly Five Years, Traffickers Found Guilty and Survivors Find Closure

MUMBAI, INDIA – A four-and-a-half year battle finally came to an end in a Mumbai courtroom on January 6, 2014: Two brothel managers and three pimps were found guilty of selling minors for sex. It was a long-awaited victory for the IJM team seeking justice for girls who had been trafficked years ago.

IJM Bangalore: Families Trafficked Across State Borders Rescued from Slavery

BANGALORE, INDIA – Nearly 40 people from one of India's poorest states were rescued this week from a brick factory just outside Bangalore. They said a man had come to their village and offered them jobs and the money to pay for their travel across state borders. When the families arrived at the brick factory, they quickly realized they had been tricked. They were trapped at the factory as forced labor slaves.

Twenty-Hour Days, No Escape

IJM Mumbai: Three-Year Trial Ends with Traffickers Convicted and Brothel Closed

MUMBAI, INDIA – Two brothel keepers were convicted this week in a special court set up for human trafficking cases in Mumbai. The judge sentenced each trafficker to three years in prison and ordered the brothel permanently closed.

According to IJM Mumbai Director of Legal Michelle Mendonca, this "two-pronged approach of awarding both a conviction and a brothel closure not only provides justice to the victim, but also helps ensure that the premises will not be used to exploit other victims."

Rescue and Restoration

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