CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Last week, four girls who were trafficked for sexual exploitation were rescued in an IJM-assisted undercover operation. IJM worked with the police to document evidence against a pimp who was suspected of selling high-school-aged girls to customers for sex.
On Wednesday, September 14, the Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force of the Philippine National Police and IJM staged a meeting at a local restaurant with the pimp, who believed she would be negotiating the sale of underage girls to customers for sex. Instead, the suspect was arrested and the girls were rescued.
The survivors – two of them sisters – are now recovering in a temporary aftercare shelter, where they continue to receive crisis care. The girls have given initial statements of the abuse they endured that may be used in a trial against the trafficker.