PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – IJM assisted police with an anti-trafficking operation at a massage parlor on January 20, 2014. Girls were apparently being sold to customers for sex on site, and two of the young women rescued that night are now at an aftercare shelter that will provide crisis care and assess their long-term needs.
At least one of these young women is suspected to be a young teenager; she speaks very little Khmer (the language of Cambodia) and said her family had just emigrated from Vietnam three months earlier. IJM social workers will continue to offer support to the survivors and their families.
The massage parlor was ordered closed and is now considered a crime scene. IJM will keep working with police to ensure the traffickers are identified and held accountable for their crimes.