Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Eight Girls Rescued from Culturally-Enforced Trafficking

Northern India – Eight minors were recently rescued out of captivity from a small clan in India. The majority of these young girls were sold by their parents into trafficking on the streets for money.

Bright Hope’s Anti-Human Trafficking team learned about the cultural custom of prostitution within this particular tribe, a practice the clan prefers to call “begging.” These girls and women travel to the local villages and cities to beg. The younger girls are the most desirable and thus get trafficked early to earn more money. The women in this tribe were hoping for change, but the men protested ending these practices. They believe in their traditional custom and refused change.

However, the Bright Hope team insisted and threatened legal action if they did not change. Thankfully, after months of persistence and cooperation from the local police, the eight girls were rescued from “begging.” They needed immediate medical attention due to the illnesses they contracted while under the watch of their owners.

 

The girls are safely resting at a local safe house now and even learning to read and write through our aftercare program. They are learning how to tailor and make silk flowers. Rehabilitation and counseling will be integral to their healing and moving forward in their freedom.

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