We first saw Kasi, a suspected minor forced into prostitution mid February as we were investigating Ganga Jamuna, a red light area that was supposedly not offering minors to customers.   Ganga Jamuna was shut down on 11 July 2021 by Nagpur Police Chief Amitesh Kumar but it was opened more than a year later with restrictions- no minors to be offered to customers anywhere in the red light area.  We tried one rescue attempt in May 2022, but failed and though we got leads about minors, we were not able to find them as the pimps and brothel keepers quickly moved the minors to other locations.

The brothel

On 2nd March we saw Kasi again.  We learned that she was brought from the village and was not being offered to many customers. The next day our liaison officer met with the Deputy Commissioner of Police who connected us with a Police Inspector who agreed to initiate the raid.

 At 3:30 pm on 3rd March, the brothel was raided by the police and our team and Kasi was rescued. The 38 year old female brothel keeper was arrested. 
Our social worker comforting Kasi

After all the evidence was bagged and reports filed, Kasi, the victim, the accused, police and our team proceeded to the police station to file the First Information Report. After Kasi shared details and her statement,  we accompanied her for her medical tests at a government hospital after which we dropped her at 1:45 am to a shelter home in Nagpur.

Kasi done with her ossification test

On 4th March, Kasi was produced in court. The judge ordered Kasi to continue living in the shelter home and for the accused to continue to remain in police custody.     We asked the police to request the judge to order an ossification test as Kasi did not have any identification to determine her age.   A step we wanted taken as we did not want any parent or fake guardian coming with fake documentation stating Kasi was a major. The judge agreed and ordered an ossification test.

On 6th March we accompanied Kasi for her ossification test at a local hospital.

On 8th March we celebrated Kasi’s results which placed her between 14 and 16 years of age.