MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Last week, a bar where minors had been trafficked and sold for sex was permanently closed – underscoring the Philippines’ commitment to fight sex trafficking. Officers from the Philippines National Bureau of Investigations (NBI), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), local police and IJM staff were present for the closing.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, government officials rescued families from neighboring rice mills, where they had been forced to work as slaves – for over a decade.
IJM presented the evidence of forced labor slavery to the district government, assisting with the operation and providing immediate crisis care to the laborers. Three men and one young boy were taken to a hospital for necessary medical attention. The little boy had burned his hand at the rice mill – and the owner refused to provide treatment.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Last week, four girls who were trafficked for sexual exploitation were rescued in an IJM-assisted undercover operation. IJM worked with the police to document evidence against a pimp who was suspected of selling high-school-aged girls to customers for sex.
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – This week in Cambodia, IJM worked with local police to rescue girls and women from a brothel where they were sold for sex.
The brothel fronted as a karaoke bar, located in a rural province popular with tourists for its beaches. Customers selected girls from a display room where they sat in rows behind a glass wall, while pimps negotiated their sale.