Sex Trafficking

Retired U.S. Marine Sentenced to 210 years in American Court for Sexually Abusing Young Cambodian Girls

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Eight years after retired U.S. Marine Michael Pepe was arrested and charged for systematically and sadistically abusing young children in Cambodia, he has been found guilty and sentenced to 210 years in prison.

Pepe was leading a double life while working in Cambodia as a college professor: he would lure impoverished girls into his home, then subject them to violent sexual abuse. Though he was extradited to the U.S. and convicted in 2008, the sentence was handed down on February 28, 2014, after a multi-year legal battle.

IJM Mumbai: After Nearly Five Years, Traffickers Found Guilty and Survivors Find Closure

MUMBAI, INDIA – A four-and-a-half year battle finally came to an end in a Mumbai courtroom on January 6, 2014: Two brothel managers and three pimps were found guilty of selling minors for sex. It was a long-awaited victory for the IJM team seeking justice for girls who had been trafficked years ago.

In the Middle of Typhoon Nari, IJM Helps Bring Rescue and Arrest Traffickers

PAMPANGA, PHILIPPINES – As Typhoon Nari bore down on the Philippines this fall, the destruction made global headlines. But far below the headlines, another drama was playing out against the background of the torrential downpour and power outages.

In the midst of the typhoon, six young women were being rescued from the bar where they had been trafficked and sold for sex.

The entertainment bar was located in the heart of the red-light district in Angeles City, an internationally known destination for sex tourism.

IJM Cebu: On Their Night of Rescue, Victims of Sex Trafficking Empowered by Survivor Testimonies

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.

The survivors had been recruited from impoverished neighborhoods in or around Cebu. Some of the girls said they thought they were just going to have dinner with "foreigners," and they were horrified and confused when they realized that the man who had offered them the job intended to sell them to customers for sex.