We first heard about two Bangladeshi victims, a  forced major and a suspected minor, who were being forced into prostitution,  while we were investigating a small town in Solapur, Maharashtra on 22nd October.   After collecting evidence, we presented the evidence to the police and together we started working on rescue strategies.

Rescue Timeline

On 26th October, our team was at the brothel in Solapur to ensure both victims were at the location and hadn’t been moved out of the area. Once we verified that both victims were present, we started working on the best rescue strategy.  

On 27th  October 2022, after confirming that the victims were still in the brothel,  we went to meet the Superintendent of Police, SP,  in Solapur (Rural) to share the evidence we had so that they would initiate a raid.  Both the SP and the additional SP were out of town and would only return to office that Saturday or Monday.  

Not wanting to waste time or lose the victims,  after scheduling an appointment, we met an officer from the Anti Human Trafficking Unit, AHTU, at 6 pm that evening.  After giving him a brief introduction about our work in Maharashtra and other states, we shared the information we had on the two trafficked Bangladeshi victims. The officer agreed to initiate the rescue for the next day. 

On 28th October, we were at the AHTU office at 11 am.  At about 1 pm, we met the Additional SP from the Solapur police force (urban) and presented the evidence we had on the Bangladeshi victims. He gave the order to the AHTU to initiate a rescue. 

A relieved Ruksana eats dinner

At 3 pm the police and our team were at the brothel. One victim was unavailable and the other victim was not at the location.  The AHTU immediately swung into action.  Not wanting to lose the victims, they started  their  investigation. 

Soon they were able to track one of the victims and 29 year old Ruksana was rescued. After statements were recorded at the police station,  Ruksana was sent to a shelter home.