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.
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.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, a cycle of violence ended in Manila: After years of violent, hidden abuse, a man has been convicted of child abuse and rape, and sentenced to what will amount to a life term in prison. He started sexually assaulting his granddaughter Jemma* when she was barely a teenager – and had been abusing her mother and grandmother for years.