CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – La-aw drives down a dirt road, winding through hilly countryside dotted with villages of varying sizes. Though the road is not drawn on many maps, La-aw knows the route from Chiang Mai into the tiny villages well. She and other IJM Thailand staff make frequent rounds into the rural villages to help families get citizenship.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Mali* has lived in the same mountainous village for all 9 years of her life. Her mother, Bua,* grew up there too. Bua's brother is their village leader. Everyone knows the family, and yet, this mother and daughter have been repeatedly denied basic rights their entire lives—because they did not have the citizenship papers they were entitled to under Thai law.
Entitled to but Denied the Rights of a Citizen
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – This weekend in Cebu, several underage girls who had been trafficked to a bar and sold for sex were rescued in an IJM-assisted operation.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM Cebu worked with a special anti-trafficking unit of the Philippine National Police to rescue women and girls who were sexually exploited in a brothel that fronted as a karaoke bar in Cebu.
The rescue team entered the establishment around midnight on October 8, making their way to the back bar where girls had been sexually exploited in the private rooms available for customers to rent.