NRI nun helps UK police raid brothels

Sister Ancy Mathew who is in her early 50s, was born in Kerala and is a member of the Congregation of Adoratrices, an order of nuns founded in Spain in 1856 by St. Maria Micaela to minister among women working in prostitution. She worked for some years in Kolkata with street children born to sex workers. In 2000 she was transferred to London where she became aware of the growing problem of trafficked women, and decided to dedicate her life to helping them. She founded a charity called Rahab, named after a biblical prostitute and accompanies officers from the human trafficking unit raiding flats where trafficked women may be held. Now she is an integral part of the police operation in London, where, according to Kevin Hyland, UK's anti-slavery commissioner, she waits outside in a police car till the situation has been assessed by police officers, then she goes into the house to talk to the women found there. Often the victims give Mathew information she is able to pass to the police, and she also organises accommodations at a chain of safe houses for women who have been freed. Women who have been trafficked into Britain to become sex workers have invariably been lied to and encouraged by criminals who control them, to fear police. Sister Mathew and her colleagues often use their church links to help resettle the women back in their native countries.