- Posted October 9, 2013 by
Woodland Park, Colorado
Mother Arranges Sale of 13-Year-Old Daughter's Virginity
Western India, August, 2013. A 13-year-old girl who was about to be sold for her virginity was rescued, thanks to The Exodus Road in partnership with Indian Rescue Mission. The girl was to be sold for 100,000 rupees, or $1550 USD.
An undercover investigator with IRM asked a rickshaw driver where he could find a virgin for his wealthy client. He was told about a girl being sold by her mother and was able to pass the information to the police, who arrested both the driver and the child’s mother.
The girl was taken to the police station for an official statement. She reported that she did not know she was to be sold, and that her mother had been sending her on dates with men. Police believe that this was a sort of grooming process, priming the girl to be exploited for sex.
With ties to senior officials in the crime branch, IRM director James Varghese was able get the information to the police in time to save the girl from being sold.
Since February of this year, Varghese is in partnership with The Exodus Road, an anti-trafficking coalition based in Colorado. The Exodus Road provides covert camera gear and surveillance equipment to IRM and other teams working to fight sex trafficking. Through funding from The Exodus Road, IRM has rescued 126 victims of sex trafficking to date.
With offices in Colorado and SE Asia, The Exodus Road is currently developing offices in India. By raising the efficiency, quality, and frequency of investigations, they have directly supported the rescue operations for 191 victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking, most of whom are under the age of 18. Their intervention efforts include virgin rescues, infiltration into locked brothels, and rescues of young boys being sold to pedophiles.