How Your Support Changes Lives: Swathi's Story
Our Indian grassroots partner, Odanadi, recently played a crucial role in the rescue of a young girl from the hands of trafficking criminals. Swathi* is 15 years old and was living with her mother in a remote village in North Karnataka when she was targeted by human trafficking criminals. After her father died in an accident, Swathi’s family faced significant financial hardship. Her mother became the family’s sole breadwinner as well as carer for Swathi’s paralyzed grandmother. Swathi dropped out of school to help at home and care for her grandmother.
A young man and an older woman befriended Swathi and started to spend time together. After the young man gained Swathi’s trust, he sexually exploited and later blackmailed her with a nude video. Under the threat of the video being shared if she did not comply, Swathi was forced into sex slavery and exploited by the criminals.
Odanadi received information regarding Swathi’s situation and in a joint operation conducted by Odanadi’s rescue team, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the local police force, successfully rescued Swathi and arrested the trafficking criminals.
We would like to thank Odanadi, for their tireless commitment to rescue and rehabilitate women and children affected by human trafficking.
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*Please note Swathi’s name has been changed and is not pictured to protect her identity.