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The morning after they were rescued, the survivors watch a video and hear Julita tell her story—how she was rescued from traffickers years ago and is now thriving in freedom.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – In a covert sting operation on Friday night, IJM helped anti-trafficking police rescue a boy and several young women, including three 16-year-old girls. The pimp who had arranged the sale was arrested and is now facing sex trafficking charges.
IJM has supported Muthoni in court and in counseling after she was raped by a neighbor when she was 8 years old.
NAIROBI, KENYA – One little girl's brave decision to speak up about her abuse has helped a Kenyan court put a rapist in jail for life. Safe from the neighbor who attacked her, Muthoni* is now healing and becoming herself once again. Terrifying Abuse from a Neighbor
IJM has been advocating for more than 350 Hill Tribe people for over two years. The villagers wanted to pray with IJM before they went on to the courthouse. Later that afternoon, the court ruled that their pending citizenship applications must be reviewed within 90 days.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – On Christmas Eve, IJM staff traveled into the mountains of Northern Thailand. Their first stop: a tiny village where they gathered with more than 350 people. Their next stop: A courthouse.
One of the beds where a young woman held at the bar slept.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM helped rescue young women who were being sold for sex and exploited at a rooftop bar in Manila. Four of the survivors—including a 15-year-old girl—are from Samar, a very impoverished province.
The convictions were underscored by the judge’s order to close the brothel, a strong sign that the court is serious about ending human trafficking.
MUMBAI, INDIA – Two brothel keepers were convicted this week in a special court set up for human trafficking cases in Mumbai. The judge sentenced each trafficker to three years in prison and ordered the brothel permanently closed.
With IJM’s help, Rhona was able to stand up to criminals who stole her daughters’ inheritance. Today, the girls are safely in school and doing well.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Rhona was devastated when a powerful relative stole everything her ex-husband had left to support their two daughters. The theft left her impoverished family struggling for more than a decade on their own—unaided by local authorities—until a team from IJM Zambia came to help.
More than 300 people gathered in Bolivia's Central Plaza in November 2013, to commemorate World Day for Prevention of Abuse and Violence Against Children.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Central Plaza is always a hub of activity. Food vendors and street performers vie for the attention of Bolivian families and tourists alike.
The two-year trial is one of the fastest for IJM Manila, and it reflects a serious commitment from the judge to keep the hearings on track so that the child sexual assault case would reach a swift conclusion.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Two men were convicted this week in Manila and sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for raping a young girl named Gwen.* The assaults started when Gwen was 9 years old and lasted a few years.
With less than a week before the 2014 Super Bowl, IJM is applauding efforts by local authorities to combat sex trafficking before the game.
Ajita said she had been promised a job in a garment factory, then drugged and trafficked from her South Indian state to the bustling city of Mumbai.
MUMBAI, INDIA – In their first anti-trafficking operation of the year, IJM Mumbai helped police rescue two young women from one of the oldest and most notorious red-light districts in India.

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