Monday, September 01, 2014

Satya Rescued from Human Trafficking

Abducted at the age of 22 and held captive by a man for almost two years, Satya faced daily physical and sexual abuse. Her abductor already had five wives and 22 children who were also trafficked. Satya soon became pregnant and gave birth to a son. Once a vibrant and intelligent college student, she now seemed to be doomed to a life of slavery.

Thankfully, Bright Hope’s Anti-Human Trafficking team was introduced to her family. After some time, the team was able to earn the family’s trust—building their confidence to go to the police with information about Satya. Working closely with local police and an investigator, the team was able to find out where Satya was being held, secured video footage of her situation, and helped lead the raid. The man was arrested along with one wife and both of them are now in jail.

Satya’s rescue was just the beginning of her journey. Her parents, though they wanted her rescued, did not want her to return home due to the cultural stigmas associated with her captivity. They considered her a prostitute with absolutely no chance at redemption—a disgrace to the family. Bright Hope’s partner, however, saw things differently.

After arriving at the safe house in northern India, Satya found a new family in the other girls living there. She accepted Christ as her Savior and Redeemer and is now a leader in the safe house, ministering to other girls just like her. She recently started college with the Hope of becoming a fashion designer. When asked about her experience in the safe house, Satya said, “God saved me, has healed me, and I am so grateful to help others who are hurting and lost too.” As with many of the girls in the safe house, there is an evident change in Satya’s face and the way she carries herself today. But perhaps the most public change came during Bright Hope’s most recent visit in October 2014. Satya was baptized and shared her testimony in front of the church that has so warmly embraced her.

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* Due to the sensitivity of this case, the survivor's actual name and photo have been changed.