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Four boys between 9 and 15 were held as slaves on this rose farm. When IJM presented evidence of slavery, local authorities responded quickly and took proactive steps to ensure these boys can grow up in freedom.
BANGALORE, INDIA – Four boys were rescued from slavery on a rose farm located just a few hours from the highly industrialized city of Bangalore. Two of the boys are brothers, and they had been trapped for five years. The youngest was only 9 years old.
The iron gate leading to the brothel where half a dozen young women were being trafficked and exploited for sex.
MUMBAI, INDIA – IJM helped rescue half a dozen young women from an abusive brothel—including one young woman who said she hadn’t seen sunlight for three months. Rescue Comes Swiftly
IJM Manila Field Office Director Sam Inocencio stands in front of the building that used to house the two-story bar where girls were exploited for sex. Today, a restaurant, gym and church occupy the space.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, five men and women were convicted for trafficking girls and selling them for sex out of a Manila bar. It has been a multi-year battle for justice to bring the bar owner and his accomplices to justice.
Wanda, pictured left, with her sister. Wanda says her favorite classes at school are Science and Physical Education.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – The Bolivian courts just began a 21-day recess, pausing all hearings and regular court proceedings.  For families waiting for justice, these three weeks can feel like an eternity.
IJM’s social workers and lawyer meet to review the case after the operation. The six survivors of sex trafficking will receive top-quality aftercare and legal defense in the months and years ahead.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Earlier this month, Cebu’s regional anti-trafficking police unit called IJM for assistance with a rescue operation at an upscale bar in the city. IJM has trained and worked with this unit since they were formed in 2009.
The perpetrator contacted the girls’ families to bribe them to drop the case. IJM helped set up hidden cameras to document the exchange, and the evidence led to his arrest.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Last week, the founder and director of a children’s home in Thailand was convicted for sexually assaulting two girls under his care. The girls were 7 and 8 years old when the assaults began, and the abuse continued for more than a year.
Mary was terrified when a neighbor tried to steal her small home. “When IJM took on my case,” she says, “I felt that God had brought me a rescuer.”
KAMPALA, UGANDA – Mary lived on the same small plot of land in her rural village in Uganda for 50 years. It was where she raised her children, grew her family’s food, and where she buried her husband when he died.
Debra Hobbs, a fellow with IJM Kampala, describes court improvements to Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine at the Open Court day on May 2.
KAMPALA, UGANDA – For decades, widows and orphans in Mukono District had little hope of getting help in court when criminals violently stole their homes or land.
Fiona was rescued in IJM’s first anti-trafficking operation with local authorities in Cebu. Thankfully, she was rescued before she was ever abused.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Seven years after IJM Cebu rescued five young women in our very first operation in the city, two traffickers have been convicted. Both pimps pled guilty, admitting that they had tried to traffic teenage girls and young women for sex.
After ten years of service, IJM is phasing out its work in Zambia, where we have protected vulnerable widows and orphans threatened with the illegal theft of their homes and property.

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