MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM has been working with law enforcement in the Philippines to fight sex trafficking since 2001. Building on the expertise developed over the past decade of casework, IJM now regularly spearheads and organizes workshops for Filipino law enforcement officers to equip these men and women who serve as the frontline defense that vulnerable children need.
KAMPALA, UGANDA – Faces obscured with dust masks streamed back and forth between a Ugandan courthouse and the large white tent dominating its yard. Volunteers hauled armfuls of dust-covered files to the tent's long tables, where another group carefully labeled each with a neat legal code.
Together with local staff from IJM Uganda, these volunteers organized more than 100,000 important records at two local courthouses this way. Though tired and dirty—with white latex gloves turned dirt brown—they knew their tedious work was crucial.
KOLKATA, INDIA – Earlier this month, IJM and police worked together on a complex operation to rescue three girls who were being sold for sex. The rescue team went to four different locations to find three different suspects—a remarkable demonstration of close coordination and effective collaboration.
But even more amazing was the courageous young woman named Sarika* who made the operation possible in the first place—just a few weeks earlier, Sarika was being sold for sex in a Kolkata brothel. After she was rescued, she told IJM she wanted to help rescue others.
CHENNAI, INDIA – In a shocking rescue at a thread-making factory in Southern India, thirty-five girls between 14 and 18 years old were set free from slavery last week. Many had been trafficked from faraway states—forced to live and work nearly 2,000 miles away from their families. Ten men were also rescued from the factory.
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