Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) uses many covers and tactics to create undercover operations that will result in the rescue of children as well as the arrest of traffickers and the dismantling of their developed rings. Here is our most recent story from a rescue operation in India:
Standing outside of their hotel, two O.U.R. undercover agents identified the voice of their target; a taxi driver from the day before. Our agents are constantly on alert to understand the culture and reach of the traffickers within the area we are working.
This wasn’t just any taxi driver. This was the trusted driver of the Jump Team’s main suspect, a child sex trafficker named Rahul (names have been changed to preserve ongoing missions in the area). Rahul’s driver earned his status by successfully avoiding police checkpoints for Rahul’s child trafficking clients.
A few days later, Rahul was apprehended by Indian police at a luxury hotel and immediately gave up the identity of his contact, Amit.
Police spotted Amit nearby who fled the scene on his motorcycle. Police pursued Amit through the streets of Goa in a high speed chase until a wrong move sent him crashing off the road where he was successfully apprehended.
After their arrests, both Amit and Rahul gave up the name of their boss, Aditya, who was the one holding most of the trafficking victims. Police were able to track him down and arrest him a few days later.
Rahul, Amit, and Aditya were only 3 of the 7 traffickers arrested as a result of O.U.R.’s recent work in the area. 3 victims have been rescued and more are likely to be liberated in the near future.
Anytime a mission results in children or women being removed from a traffickers grip, O.U.R. works with local law enforcement to determine the scope of their recovery. We work with these programs to make sure that they have resources to provide true opportunity for the victims. Often the safe houses we work with keep their locations confidential to help provide a layer of safety and relief for the girls. The recovery and healing process is a long journey and unique to each survivor. O.U.R strives to provide as many resources and as much support as possible to aid in that recovery process.
While the location of the survivors of this particular operation is confidential, the support program will provide appropriate recovery care as well as teach them a vocational skill so that survivors will be able to support themselves financially after going back out into the world. Often learning additional skills provides stronger sense of self-worth and they can build the opportunities for their future.
One of O.U.R.’s partners in the area teaches sewing, for example. Survivors can use their new skills to proudly earn a small living and not fall susceptible to traffickers or feel the need to fall back to an old lifestyle and become victims again.
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