India: Christian Mission Rescues Two Young Girls from Brothel
Two teenage girls trapped in a prostitution ring in Pune, India, were rescued last week by the Indian Rescue Mission, a Christian organization that has freed hundreds of sex-trafficked girls, ASSIST News Service reports. Activists of the Indian Rescue Mission received a tip about the presence of the two minor girls in a brothel, which they raided with the help of local police. The manager of the brothel was also arrested in the operation. In a statement given by the girls after their rescue, 17-year-old Gowri said she had been brought to India from Bangladesh by the "false promise" of a job, sold to the brothel and then kept there forcefully -- being beaten if she denied customers. Sixteen-year-old Roopa was trafficked from another city and also forced into prostitution. After a medical examination, the girls will be sent to a shelter home for rehabilitation and self-employment training.