CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, two traffickers were sentenced to life in prison for selling girls and women for commercial sexual exploitation. Two of the 15 young women who were rescued nearly four years ago were present for the court's ruling.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM assisted anti-trafficking police with back-to-back operations at two different karaoke bars where girls had been trafficked.
Five young women were rescued from the first karaoke bar. At HerSpace, the safe government shelter set up for trafficking survivors, each one signed statements that will be used as evidence in court against the suspected traffickers. IJM will represent the survivors as the case develops.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Late last week, local police led an anti-trafficking operation on a bar where IJM discovered girls were being sold for sex. One of the trafficking survivors is a 16-year-old girl, and several of the women are young mothers who told IJM they were desperate to get out of the abusive bar.
"I don't want to do this anymore," said one woman in her early twenties, a mother of three children. She continued, "I'm a mother and I'm tired of this."
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – IJM discovered that girls were being routinely abused and sold for sex in a massage parlor located in a popular tourist destination. They collected evidence and submitted the case to local police, urging immediate action.
The very next evening, police staged an anti-trafficking operation at the brothel doubling as a massage parlor. IJM staff was on the scene to support the teenage girl and other women who were brought out of the brothel.