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Rescue in India: Four Women, Two Boys Brought to Safety

It was a rainy day in rural India. The Exodus Road’s investigators had been gathering intel on a hotel-based brothel for the past three days. Now, they were ready to move forward with a rescue mission with local police.

Investigators found four young adult women and two boys (ages 16 and 17), who were being forced to work in the brothel. The women were forced to have sex with multiple customers a day, while the boys cleaned up after customers. Investigators also helped arrest three traffickers and five customers.

We commonly find women who are being forced into the commercial sex industry; however, boys can be trafficked too. Boys are also trafficked into the commercial sex industry, as well as forced labor situations like we see in this most recent case.

The Exodus Road believes in freedom. We are committed to helping find and free people caught in all forms of modern slavery — from those who are forced into prostitution to those who are forced to work long hours for little or no pay. The teenage boys who were being exploited in this case are now on their way to freedom and new opportunities.

One of the women who was trafficked, Nandita,* had been held in this particular brothel for 15 days. As our social worker sat down to speak with her, tears streamed down Nandita’s face. From a poor family, she had never been to school and was in desperate need of a job. She accepted a job offer on the other side of the country, but when she arrived she was instead sold into prostitution. Nandita’s parents had no idea what had happened to her.


Vulnerability and Trafficking

Nandita’s story is not uncommon. Traffickers prey on poor, uneducated individuals, and in many cases lure them out of their communities with the promise of work. Nandita’s circumstances made her an easy target. Like countless others, she became a victim of human trafficking.

Often, word never gets back to the family, and in many cases, no one knows where to look for their lost loved ones.

But in Nandita’s case, you stepped in and made rescue happen. Your generosity made it possible for our investigators to find and free Nandita. Now she has the chance to go home.

Today, she is recovering in a safe home, receiving care and protection. Our social workers will continue to follow up and support her in the first steps back into freedom. You made that happen.


We’re on a mission to find and free people caught in all forms of slavery, even here in the Americas. For every monthly donor who joins our team in July we’re sending a free T-shirt. Celebrate Independence day and join us!


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*The name Nandita is representative and means “happy, joyous.”

Rescue Update: Meet Sex Trafficking Survivor Bashita*

*CAUTION: Graphic and Sensitive Information*

Bashita* comes from a poor family in Bangladesh where she was only educated through the third grade. Less than a month ago, a man Bashita knew trafficked her across the border to India by promising to marry her. Once she was transported to India, Bashita found not a wedding but a brothel awaiting her.

Manipulated into leaving her home country, moved across borders, and then forced into sex slavery in a rural brothel, 20-year-old Bashita was devastated and abandoned. She was living in constant pain and fear — forced to have sex with customers day and night.

Bashita’s abuse wasn’t just painful because of the repeated rape she had to endure. She had been in a car accident just three months earlier and had iron rods in her back and leg. Complying with customers’ demands was torture. But while so many girls caught in trafficking face months or years of slavery, Bashita’s life in the brothel lasted for 10 days. Last week, Bashita was found.

Our team of investigators received a tip from an informant that girls had been trafficked across the border to be sold for sex in the hotel-based brothel. The team investigated the brothel for about a month. After gathering sufficient evidence, they were able to conduct Operation ORCHID with local police.

In this operation, The Exodus Road and local police rescued two minor girls and two women from the roadside brothel last week, and helped arrest five sex traffickers and customers.

Like Bashita, many people caught in trafficking are lured in with promise of a job, relationship or other hope for the future. Her family still doesn’t know that she was sold into sex slavery.

Prostitution was especially horrific for Bashita because of the car accident and surgery she had been through three months earlier. By the time of her rescue, Bashita was in so much pain that she couldn’t walk or get in the police van. Social workers helped her collect her belongings and move to safety. Our investigators said they felt “broken” as she struggled in tears to get in the police van after her rescue.

Today, Bashita is no longer being subjected to constant pain and is recovering in a safe-home for care and protection.  Our social workers will continue to follow up with her and support her as she takes her first steps into freedom.

The name Bashita means “freedom” in Bengali. Now that she has been brought out of slavery, Bashita can begin a new life of freedom.


We’re on a mission to find and free women like Bashita. Will you help us bring their rescue?



*Bashita is a representative name. Photos used are representative.