South Asia

Survivors Freed from Red-Light District in IJM Mumbai’s First Rescue of the Year

MUMBAI, INDIA – In their first anti-trafficking operation of the year, IJM Mumbai helped police rescue two young women from one of the oldest and most notorious red-light districts in India.

One of the girls said she had been offered a job as a waitress, then trapped in a brothel and sold to four to five customers a day. The other young woman, named Ajita,* said she had been promised a job in a garment factory, then drugged and trafficked from her South Indian state to the bustling city of Mumbai. She said she had been trapped in the red-light district for more than five years.

IJM Chennai: Entire Families Held as Slaves, Children Beaten for Asking to Go to School

CHENNAI, INDIA – In the last weeks of 2013, rescue finally came to families who had been forced to live and work as slaves for up to three years chopping trees. Children as young as 8 years old were forced to work alongside their parents, and one child said they were not only barred them from going to school, but beaten by the owner if they even asked.

IJM Kolkata: On New Year’s Eve, Two Girls Rescued Before Ever Abused

KOLKATA, INDIA – In the final operation of the year, IJM helped police rescue two girls on New Year's Eve from a bustling train station. It was the fifth attempt in three weeks to thwart traffickers using train stations as exchanges to buy and sell girls.

IJM mobilized a team quickly when they got the call from the Criminal Investigation Department. The police and IJM staff agreed on a plan, but carrying it out at a crowded train station would be challenging. The last attempt on Christmas Eve had failed, but they refused to give up.

Therapy Workshops Help Survivors in Mumbai Gain Confidence and Build Trust

MUMBAI, INDIA – Teenage girls are seated in a small circle, each one holding a section of the newspaper. But they're not reading; they're thinking. A therapist instructs the girls to imagine all the "bad news" in their lives and to picture the negative things they've been told, as if they were printed on the page. Then, the girls tear up that newspaper and toss the pieces into the middle of the room.

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