There are many complexities that go into rescue work, and although the problem can sometimes be overwhelming and complicated, we believe in action. And so does N2GIVES. As they help fund rescue work, freedom comes to the most vulnerable.
In April, we broke a rescue announcement where 7 girls were freed from forced prostitution in India, and 4 traffickers were arrested. Here is an inside look at operation TIGER.
We believe in strategy and technology.
Our experts use advanced technology to locate slaves and gather evidence for successful raids and arrests. In April, investigators located this small roadside brothel. They described it as a very low profile brothel, with only a cot or a bed sheet on the floor for sex. After they gathered enough evidence they were able to move forward with a rescue operation with local police.
We believe in equipping local communities.
The particular community in rural India, where the rescue operation took place, has been known to gather together and attack police as a mob. Knowing this, our team had to arrange for a police team with sufficient man-power in the event a mob formed. Our team of nationals courageously chose to pursue the raid anyway despite the risk to personal safety.
While in some parts of the world human trafficking looks like runaways on city streets, in India, survivors are often kidnapped at a young age from their home villages. They are held until they reach womanhood and are then forced into prostitution. At that point forward, they have to attend multiple customers a day.
Aditi,* one of the minor girls who was rescued in operation TIGER, had been forced into sexual slavery for the past year and a half. She had no education and came from a very poor family. She was likely kidnapped from her village.
We believe that survivors deserve care.
In a field report, investigators explained that during the raid all of the girls didn't know what was happening: "They were requesting to be released because they thought the police were arresting them, and not rescuing them. A few of them even wanted to run away. They were confused..." Thankfully our team and social workers were able to explain to them that they were not going to be arrested, but were actually being removed from the brothel, and then they were able to calm down.
For now, Aditi will be kept in a government safe home, and a local Child Welfare Committee will assess her case, along with the other girls’, and make further decisions concerning post-raid care. Aditi is now safe, and that is reason to celebrate.
In a field where so many are unsure of how to really help, The Exodus Road is putting teams on the ground in the largest geographic area of modern day slavery in the world and equipping those frontline teams to find and rescue victims of sexual slavery and exploitation. In the last five years, we have worked with local police to rescue 818 victims of human trafficking and to arrest 309 offenders.
We're finding and freeing slaves in Thailand, Southeast Asia, and India, and expanding to the Americas this year. This dangerous and strategic work is only possible because of amazing groups like N2GIVES who support rescue work. As you educate your community about slavery, and empower others to join the fight, you are joining the front lines of rescue. Thank you!
When you give, you make rescue possible.
*The name Aditi is representative and means “free and unbound.”
By Kirsten Privett, Communications Manager, The Exodus Road