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International Justice Mission Wins 'Landmark' Sex Trafficking Conviction in India

(UPDATED) Following sex trafficking victory, IJM frees nearly 300 workers from brick-factory slavery.

Update (June 12): International Justice Mission (IJM) reports that it has freed 273 people from slavery at brick factories in India. The rescue mission was the organization's "second-largest anti-slavery operation ever."

"The men and women told the rescue team how they weren't allowed to leave the factory, and they were paid pennies at the end of the week, barely enough to pay for the food they needed to simply survive," IJM says. Some children–including those as young as three years old–also were forced to work in the factories.

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As India draws fresh international attention over the recent gang rape of a Swiss tourist, International Justice Mission (IJM) is proclaiming a "landmark" legal victory against sex trafficking in Kolkata.

A court in Kolkata has sentenced five men to 10 years in prison in two separate cases for human trafficking and rape, the Times of India reports.

One of men convicted of rape is Nakul Bera, a "notoroious trafficker" and brothel owner who tortured girls if they ...

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