Global media have reported on this case of stunning violence and sexual abuse over the past eight years. Cambodia's leading newspaper, The Phonm Penh Post, reports on the news of Pepe's sentence after a multi-year legal battle.
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Eight years after retired U.S. Marine Michael Pepe was arrested and charged for systematically and sadistically abusing young children in Cambodia, he has been found guilty and sentenced to 210 years in prison.
IJM Kenya stands up for children like Stephany and makes sure their abusers are held accountable under local laws.
NAIROBI, KENYA – It took great bravery for Stephany* to speak up against her father after a brutal rape, but the young girl's courage has helped to keep her family safe. This week, IJM Kenya helped to secure her father's conviction, and he was sent to prison for life. After the tough, year-long trial, IJM lawyer Mark Kones said, "The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but they still grind."
The slaves had been moved from site to site, forced to sleep in makeshift tents
CHENNAI, INDIA – Last week IJM helped rescue families that had been enslaved for about six years. Eleven adults and a 15-year-old boy were forced to work in the woodcutting operation; the small children were growing up in this life of slavery, with no hope of another future in sight.
13-year-old Pharis was sleeping by a shopping kiosk, like this one in Nairobi, when a stranger posing as a “Good Samaritan” brought him to a hotel and then sexually assaulted him.
NAIROBI, KENYA – Pharis was only 13 years old when he survived a terrifying rape by a man he thought was a “Good Samaritan.” But with help from local police and IJM Kenya, he can now live in peace: This week, the man who attacked him was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Government officials gathered the forced labor slaves in an office courtyard to grant official release certificates to 28 people, including children as young as 5.
DELHI, INDIA – On the second day of the new year, IJM helped rescue 33 people from a life of slavery in a brick factory. Twenty-eight people, including children as young as 5, received release certificates that emancipate them from slavery.
IJM Mumbai lawyer Renita Menezes worked diligently on this case for years.
MUMBAI, INDIA – A four-and-a-half year battle finally came to an end in a Mumbai courtroom on January 6, 2014: Two brothel managers and three pimps were found guilty of selling minors for sex.
Irene celebrated with IJM Zambia staff and friends at the end of her 8-year court battle.
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Irene feared she would never win back the land her uncle stole from her family years ago. But with the support of IJM Zambia and a special friendship with her IJM social worker, Irene is now able to celebrate this week that her rights are finally restored.
In the midst of Typhoon Nari, six young women were rescued from a bar in the heart of Angeles City's red-light district.
PAMPANGA, PHILIPPINES – As Typhoon Nari bore down on the Philippines this fall, the destruction made global headlines. But far below the headlines, another drama was playing out against the background of the torrential downpour and power outages.
An IJM Bangalore lawyer leads the families out of the brick factory where they had been enslaved.
BANGALORE, INDIA – Nearly 40 people from one of India's poorest states were rescued this week from a brick factory just outside Bangalore. They said a man had come to their village and offered them jobs and the money to pay for their travel across state borders.
The morning after they were rescued, the survivors watch a video and hear Julita tell her story—how she was rescued from traffickers years ago and is now thriving in freedom.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – In a covert sting operation on Friday night, IJM helped anti-trafficking police rescue a boy and several young women, including three 16-year-old girls. The pimp who had arranged the sale was arrested and is now facing sex trafficking charges.