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Two traffickers were convicted and sentenced to life in prison for recruiting and selling girls for sex in a large entertainment bar in Manila.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Yesterday, two traffickers were sentenced to life in prison for trafficking minors for sex. IJM represented the survivors of this abuse in the four-year trial.
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – A man who raped his 6-year-old niece was convicted and brought to justice late last week. Because the victim of the sexual violence was so young, the judges doubled the required sentence, ordering the rapist to serve 24 years in prison.
Annick Febrey, IJM's Legislative Affairs Manager, and I had the honor of meeting with Samantha Power, Special Assistant to President Obama on Human Rights and Multilateral Affairs and her deputy, Rob Berschinski, on Wednesday, February 22.
"This man is dangerous, not only to his own daughters, but to the little girls of this country," explains an IJM Guatemala lawyer.
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA – Yesterday, a man was sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping his 15-year-old daughter. The sexual abuse started when Danika* was 11 years old. The man threatened Danika that he would hurt her brothers and sisters if she told anyone about the violent assaults.
The men were both arrested exactly two years ago and charged with robbery with violence – forced to languish in a Kenyan prison for a crime neither had committed.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Two young men were released from prison late last week after being held unjustly for two years behind bars. The men were both arrested exactly two years ago and charged with robbery with violence – forced to languish in a Kenyan prison for a crime neither had committed.
The families walk into the government office where they will receive official release certificates declaring them free from slavery.
BANGALORE, INDIA – This week, IJM Bangalore helped government officials to rescue families forced to work as slaves in an abusive brick kiln.
Children were forced to work as slaves alongside the adults in the abusive rock quarry, pictured here.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Dozens of children, women and men were rescued from slavery in a rock quarry late last week. IJM assisted government officials to bring the families out of the quarry and secure official release certificates declaring them emancipated from forced labor slavery.
We’ve hit our goal of 27,000 signatures – but YOUR name can still stand for freedom. Let’s make an unforgettable statement by blowing this goal out of the water! We’ll continue adding voices calling for an end to slavery all the way up to our meeting with the Obama Administration.
In the early hours of the morning, IJM worked with police to conduct a successful anti-trafficking operation in a rural province of Cambodia.
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – Early this morning, IJM worked with police to rescue a girl who was being exploited in a small Cambodian brothel. IJM staff accompanied her to the police station, where she shared about the abuse she had endured.

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