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    Posted January 28, 2014 by
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    Ugandan Freed from Captivity

     
    In October of 2013, The Exodus Road, a global counter-human trafficking organization with offices in Thailand, India, and The United States, hosted a two day volunteer investigator training in Southeast Asia for 80 people from 30 organizations (24 non-government, 6 government). The training focused on the creating and implementing effective partnerships and collaborative efforts.

    One month after the training, an Exodus Road coalition member based in Thailand and committed to addressing the complex issues of commercial sexual exploitation, received a tip of a pregnant Ugandan woman trapped in sexual slavery in Mumbai, India. The organization, unable to investigate the situation because of location, partnered with Indian Rescue Mission (having met and established a relationship at The Exodus Road training event) in hopes of finding and rescuing this trafficked woman.

    Within days, Indian Rescue Mission had identified and rescued the 22 year old woman–two months pregnant at the time. The victim’s captor, a woman from Kampala, Uganda, who lured her to India with promises of work and then forced her into an active prostitution ring, remains in police custody. The victim is currently in the process of repatriation.

    With an estimated 27 million slaves living throughout the world, collaboration continues to prove an invaluable tool to ongoing intervention efforts.

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