By Jacob Philip
Assistant Correspondent in India for ASSIST News Service
MUMBAI, INDIA (ANS) -- The Indian Rescue Mission, a Christian organization that rescues young girls sold, trafficked and forced into prostitution, successfully rescued a 12-year-old girl from being sold off for her virginity in Mumbai, India, on Monday, March 25, 2013.
The Red Light district of Mumbai
Indian Rescue Mission, who were investigating the case, discovered that a pimp had offered to sell Rekha* [name changed for security reasons] to a wealthy customer and make money out of the immoral transaction.
One learnng this, a member of the Indian Rescue Mission's undercover team organized a trap and acted as a "rich customer" and then worked towards the rescue.
Speaking to ANS about the operation, James Varghese, Founder of the Indian Rescue Mission, said that the girl had initially been trafficked to Mumbai city from another state in India.
"She was assured of a false promise; that she would be offered a job as a housemaid in Mumbai," said Varghese. "Her own sister, and her husband, tried to sell the young girl to a rich customer and then earn money out of the deal. They had told Rekha that they would, in return, give her some money to buy her a pair of dresses and some good food if she agreed to sleep with a customer for a day.
He went on to say, "Our team set a trap on this trafficker and her sister to rescue the girl. On the evening of Monday, March 25, the girl was brought and then, as the money transaction was made, the police who had been standing buy, raided the place and rescued the young girl."
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Speaking to ANS, the young girl said "I did not know what was going on with me. I was told that I will be given some dresses and a one day's food treat at a hotel to sleep with a person whom I did not know. I refused at first, but they insisted that did I did so in return for what they had promised me."
She added, "I am thankful to the Indian Rescue Mission for rescuing me from these people who were trying to sell me to another person. I am glad that I am safe. The people who were doing this should be sent to prison and taught a lesson."
The Indian Rescue Mission has given new life and set free almost 238 girls from brothels in India. They are on a special mission and risk their lives in order to get these young girls out of this kind of slavery. Several times they have been beaten and attacked, but still they do this because of their passion and commitment to God. They are heroes who are on the front lines fighting injustice. They are real men of God.