Rumi was studying in a school in Bangladesh when she was trafficked to India by one of her relatives. She thought she was going for a good job but instead was taken to Sangli, Maharashtra and sold to Maya, a brothel keeper.  Maya promised Rumi that if she worked for a few months, she would be sent home. Rumi realised that she had no other option and hoped that it would only be for a short time. Maya didn’t fulfil her promise, but in February 2015 Freedom Firm operatives found Rumi, and she was rescued from Sangli’s red-light district when she was still only 15 years old. Rumi was placed in a government shelter home in Sangli soon after her rescue.  She was then transferred to a home in Mumbai to protect her from the proximity of her brothel keeper in Sangli.

In April 2016, Rumi was summoned to testify. She testified well and narrated the story of her trafficking. The Public Prosecutor who was present in an in-camera proceeding assured our legal team that the case would result in a conviction.

On 22nd September the judgement was pronounced. Maya was sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment! We rejoiced alongside Rumi as we heard the news. A post-integration follow up on Rumi revealed that she is safe at home but is hoping to learn some vocational skills to make a living and support her family.