Friends, three women are free today in India, and we want to thank our Search + Rescue supporters for making this possible!
Iniya’s childhood was typical for so many in her situation. Her family did not have much, but there was enough for a school uniform, and so she attended during her primary years and learned to read and write.
But by the time she was twelve, her parents said it was time for her to work and help the family.
She got a job rolling bidis, small cigarettes that are popular in India and South Asia. The work was tedious, but it paid a little. And even a little helped feed her younger siblings and buy their school uniforms.
But the thread of hope that once existed unraveled at the arrival of a dirty roadside brothel. Despair took hope’s place as they were sold throughout the day and night. Trapped and far from home, they endured abuse.
But your national Search + Rescue team in India is determined…
Within two days of receiving a lead on this brothel, BRAVO team was on the case. They quickly conducted investigations and coordinated the operation with local Indian police.
Hitu, Ihina, and Tike were rescued. They had endured four long days at the brothel, but they are now free from their captors.
Three female traffickers were arrested and are awaiting prosecution. They face a potential minimum sentence of seven years in prison, as well as fines for their crime.
We are so thankful for our Indian team for their hard work, for taking action, and for the foundation of trust they have built with police to ensure collaboration when delivering solid cases.
We are also thankful for our Search + Rescue supporters. Their steady support ensures that rescue is possible for survivors, even when hope seems lost. These survivors may never know your name, but they will experience a lasting impact from your fingerprints on their lives.
*Names, images, and some details are representational.