- The youngest girl was 13-years-old
Teams connected to International Justice Mission (IJM) led eight successful rescue operations in eight days, freeing a total of 88 people from sex trafficking and bonded labor slavery.
On September 14, IJM assisted police in saving four girls from a private sex trafficking network in Kolkata. The youngest girl was 13-years-old. She and the others were moved around constantly by traffickers who were selling them for sex in homes and apartments—making it very difficult for authorities to pinpoint their location, according to IJM.
The first attempt to rescue the girls failed, but after a persistent search all the victims were liberated. They are currently recovering in an aftercare shelter, and five suspects face charges for abusing them.