KOLKATA, INDIA – In November 2011, a brothel where young girls were regularly raped for profit was ordered permanently closed by authorities – a critical step in ending the cycle of abuse, and one that hadnever been undertaken in the region a single time until a precedent-setting IJM case last year.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Last week, IJM and government officials conducted an undercover operation in a bar in Manila's red-light district, rescuing nine girls and women who were trafficked for sexual exploitation.
"As we ate a meal together, I could see light coming back into their eyes. There is deep pain, but there were moments even of laughter. The girls started to believe that maybe someone had heard their silent cries for help."
– IJM Social Worker
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – Rumors were flying in the small, rural village. Two girls were missing, and people were whispering that they had been taken to a nearby province and forced to work as prostitutes.
Mumbai, India – On Monday, November 22, 2011, the Sessions Court for Greater Mumbai issued three strong convictions in two separate cases of commercial sexual exploitation. These cases originated from two rescue operations conducted in the fall of 2010 by the police, with information provided by IJM. During these operations, law enforcement officials rescued five trafficked women from the two brothels.