MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – A cycle of violence was broken with a single text message last week in Manila: Rubilyn* got a text from her 16-year-old sister asking for help. She said their stepfather was abusing her—just like he had done to Rubilyn years before.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM helped anti-trafficking police rescue three sisters—the youngest only 2 years old—from their home, where they were being sexually abused in videos broadcasted online. The police arrested and charged the mother and father under the Philippines' anti-trafficking law.
Investigation Reveals Siblings Being Exploited in Their Own Home
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Just as the sun was rising, a caravan of police cars and vans crossed one of the thousands of bridges connecting tiny islands throughout the Philippines. In the quiet hours of the early morning, the convoy of police and social workers would rescue 13 children—from 8 to 17 years old—who they believe were being regularly sexually abused in live videos broadcasted online, recorded in their rural neighborhood just outside Cebu City.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM helped rescue four girls who were being sold and sexually exploited as "escorts," catering mostly to foreigners. The men paid as little as $20 for one night with a girl.