Sex Trafficking

IJM Manila: Five Traffickers Convicted, Building Now Houses a Church, Gym and Restaurant

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, five men and women were convicted for trafficking girls and selling them for sex out of a Manila bar.

It has been a multi-year battle for justice to bring the bar owner and his accomplices to justice.

Joint Operation Brings Rescue

In December 2010, IJM discovered that girls as young as 16 had been trafficked to the two-story bar and were being sold for sex.

IJM Helps Rescue Six Young Women Trafficked to an Upscale Bar

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Earlier this month, Cebu’s regional anti-trafficking police unit called IJM for assistance with a rescue operation at an upscale bar in the city. IJM has trained and worked with this unit since they were formed in 2009.

When the unit discovered girls were being sold for sex, they arranged for a meeting at a high-end bar. On June 14, 2014, IJM helped police rescue half a dozen young women and arrest two suspects.

IJM Manila: Six Accused of Using Karaoke Bar as Front for Sex Trafficking Arrested

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Last month, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued young women from a three-story video-karaoke bar, including one 16-year-old girl. Half a dozen suspects were arrested during the operation and may face charges under the Philippines’ strong anti-trafficking law.

The Rescue

IJM uncovered the abuse that was happening inside the dingy bar located on a crowded street. After presenting evidence of sex trafficking to the NBI, a small team of IJM staff helped the police plan and execute the operation on May 15.