South Asia

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.

Against All Odds, IJM Goes Back to Find One Girl in the Heart of Kolkata Red-Light District

KOLKATA, INDIA – When IJM first went with police into the heart of Kolkata's largest red-light district to rescue a young teen named Sashmeeta*, she was hidden away in a locked room.

The chances of a girl being moved once police have been looking for her by name are extremely high. But when the rescue team returned three weeks later on November 22, Sashmeeta was still trapped inside the same building.