Updated: Mar 22
On Tuesday, March 9th around 3:30 pm, our team rescued Kamini and Pushpa (minors) and Unita (25 years old). It was far from an easy rescue....
Kamini, Pushpa and Unita were rescued from a brothel (pictured above) in Wani.
Wani is located in the Indian state of Maharashtra, about 80 miles from Freedom Firm's regional office in Nagpur.
Since August 2020, Freedom Firm has been following Kamini (right).
Even though Covid spread like wildfire and the area was in lockdown, minors were still being sexually exploited. We tried to rescue Kamini in September 2020, but the brothel received a tip off. Our rescue attempt failed and Kamini vanished.
We first heard about Pushpa in January. We tried to rescue her twice without success. Despite good planning and coordination with the Anti Human Trafficking Unit, our team arrived at a deserted brothel during the first two rescue attempts. No doubt someone tipped off the brothel keepers in advance.
On March 9, 2021 we were successful and rescued both these minor girls along with Unita, who was forced into prostitution and wanted to get out. The girls were peaceful and calm after their rescue.
The First Information Reports (FIR) were filed after rescue. The next day, the girls were taken for their medical tests. The only time we saw slight tension in the rescued girls is when they were admitted in a government shelter home. They will remain in the home for three days until they receive the results of their ossification test. Ossification tests are often used in India to determine age by examining bone formation. Their ossification test results will also help in recording their statements in court.
Our social workers continue to spend time with the rescued girls, giving them emotional support and making sure their physical needs are met. The brothel keepers, Janavi (35 years) and Sakubai (50 years), were arrested and our legal team will pursue the prosecution of the perpetrators.