SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – IJM discovered that girls were being routinely abused and sold for sex in a massage parlor located in a popular tourist destination. They collected evidence and submitted the case to local police, urging immediate action.
The very next evening, police staged an anti-trafficking operation at the brothel doubling as a massage parlor. IJM staff was on the scene to support the teenage girl and other women who were brought out of the brothel.
"I am continually astounded and inspired by the strength and resilience of our clients."
IJM Cambodia aftercare team member
Trafficking survivors are frequently hesitant to immediately open up after rescue: The girls have often been exploited by alleged friends and even family, and they may be slow to trust or timid to speak up about the abuse as a result.
When they arrived at the police station, the young women were quiet and nervous. Despite their fear, they responded to questions with honesty.
"In spite of the barriers of fear and trauma, these girls have taken the first steps towards a place of healing and restoration," said one of the IJM aftercare team members present. "I am continually astounded and inspired by the strength and resilience of our clients."