On 22nd March our team was following up a lead about a 27 year old Nepali woman who was forced into prostitution in a hotel 40 kms from Nagpur.  When we visited the hotel, we found Ruha, the Nepali woman right away. We also learned that Ruha was going to be moved to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh in a few days.  We immediately presented the evidence to the Superintendent of Police in Rural Nagpur and then to the Anti Human Trafficking Unit in Nagpur.  Since the G20 summit was taking place that day, most of the police force was deployed to maintain law and order across the city so the police were unable to initiate a rescue that day.

The next day after coordinating with the police,  we left for a location near the hotel and waited for the police to arrive.  Once the police arrived we discussed a rescue strategy.         

Operation Ruha

At 3:20 pm the police raided the hotel and rescued Ruha from one of the rooms. The police grabbed a man who turned out to be the handler. The hotel manager managed to escape. After the police bagged evidence and made their preliminary report, Ruha the victim, the accused and our team proceeded to the police station.  

After the police wrote the First Information Report, we accompanied Ruha for her medical tests after which she was placed in a shelter home in Nagpur. All procedures were completed by 2:00 am. 

The next morning we met Ruhu at the court. She shared her statement before the judge. The judge ordered the accused to remain in police custody.