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Rescued En Route to the Brothel

On two occasions in 2009, Freedom Firm was able to rescue girls before they were forced into prostitution. On one of these incidents, information from a partner organization in Kolkata indicated that three girls were being trafficked en route to Pune by train. Researching the train schedule, Freedom Firm sent two operatives and a social worker to meet the train one stop before Pune Station. Boarding the train at 5:00 a.m., the team

moved undercover through the compartments until they identified three young girls in suspicious company. Freedom Firm coordinated with the Senior Inspector who sent a team of plain-clothes officers to the station at 7:00 a.m. As the train pulled in and the suspected traffickers stepped onto the platform, they were surrounded by the Crime Branch and the Freedom Firm team. The victim girls were rescued and the traffickers arrested. The three girls, saved from sex slavery, are Bangladeshi and had been deceived with false promises of legitimate work and marriage.


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