Sex Trafficking

IJM Brings Rescue to Manila Bar, Survivors from Province Destroyed in Typhoon Haiyan

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM helped rescue young women who were being sold for sex and exploited at a rooftop bar in Manila. Four of the survivors—including a 15-year-old girl—are from Samar, a very impoverished province.

The young women said they had been offered jobs as waitresses, a chance to lift themselves out of poverty. Instead they were taken to this video-karaoke bar and told they were "Guest Relations Officers," cocktail waitresses who were also forced to have sex with the bar's customers.

IJM Mumbai: Three-Year Trial Ends with Traffickers Convicted and Brothel Closed

MUMBAI, INDIA – Two brothel keepers were convicted this week in a special court set up for human trafficking cases in Mumbai. The judge sentenced each trafficker to three years in prison and ordered the brothel permanently closed.

According to IJM Mumbai Director of Legal Michelle Mendonca, this "two-pronged approach of awarding both a conviction and a brothel closure not only provides justice to the victim, but also helps ensure that the premises will not be used to exploit other victims."

Rescue and Restoration

Survivors Freed from Red-Light District in IJM Mumbai’s First Rescue of the Year

MUMBAI, INDIA – In their first anti-trafficking operation of the year, IJM Mumbai helped police rescue two young women from one of the oldest and most notorious red-light districts in India.

One of the girls said she had been offered a job as a waitress, then trapped in a brothel and sold to four to five customers a day. The other young woman, named Ajita,* said she had been promised a job in a garment factory, then drugged and trafficked from her South Indian state to the bustling city of Mumbai. She said she had been trapped in the red-light district for more than five years.

IJM Cambodia Helps Police with First Anti-Trafficking Operation of the Year

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.

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