18 rescued at the border

Border agents intercepted and rescued 18 people from human trafficking, including 14 and 15-year-old boys.

Fourteen-year-old Chetan and his friend Barun met a man in their village two months ago. After learning that their school was closed because of lockdowns, the man offered them both well-paying jobs, saying they were just over the border in a neighboring country.

The boys said they’d ask their families but the man convinced them not to tell anyone. He attempted to take them across the border and realized the main route was well guarded so the man sent them via rickshaw to a more remote station.

Thankfully, in October of last year we established a constant presence in this more remote border location. Our agents stopped the vehicle for routine interviewing and noticed that the boys looked scared. After a few questions, they told agents the whole story. Both have been reunited with their families and educated on the risks and realities of human trafficking.

Names have been changed to protect identities.

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