INDIA, March 29, 2015: 15 minors, 14 girls and a teenage boy, were rescued out of sex slavery from a locked brothel recently. New operatives with The Exodus Road (BRAVO team), comprised of five national investigators and one social worker, gathered evidence and took the evidence to the local police. The officials were then able to apprehend 7 traffickers. One other escaped during the raid. This successful rescue took place after three previous failed attempts which were tipped off by corrupt officials.
The victims are currently in a temporary shelter as police are looking for the best after care placement available. Many of the girls want to go home where parents were not complicit in the trafficking. These children need to be repatriated to other states within India, hundreds of miles away. The BRAVO team social worker will be validating their home environments in conjunction with other NGOs in the regions from where these children come. While these 15 have been rescued from sex slavery, each one will now begin a long and important road to healing and restoration.
We could rightly celebrate just the fact that these young ones have been given freedom. That was not the end of the story, though. As more information was revealed we found cause for greater rejoicing. Two girls, an 8 year old and a teenager, new to the brothel, were both about to have their virginity sold. Their rescue occurred within days of this sale taking place.
While our organization is not focused on delivering after care services to rescued victims, we are committed to investing in providing victim services during and immediately following raids, as well as investing in partnership with other quality organizations whose main area of expertise lies in fostering the restoration process. (Learn more here: “Empower Rescue”)
In addition to the rescues and arrests, the local law enforcement has asked The Exodus Road for help training their police force on trafficking and rescue operations. The available resources will be evaluated to determine if this could take place in the next 60 to 90 days.
The identities of the victims and the officials have been protected in the following pictures taken during the rescue (view our media policy here). We would like to thank a private donor, as well as our BRAVO team supporters, whose financial giving continues to make raids and rescue operations like this possible. In addition, we remain honored to empower nationals, like the six individuals who currently comprise BRAVO team, in their deeply good work of bringing literal rescue.