When one of the survivors learned about the conviction, she said: “Now she will not be able to torture others the way she has damaged me."
MUMBAI, INDIA – Today, a brothel keeper from a notorious Mumbai red-light district was convicted for sex trafficking crimes and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Every time I pick up the newspaper, I read an article about how the U.S. Congress is deadlocked, partisan, broken.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Late last week, eight people were freed from a farm where they had been trapped as forced labor slaves for more than twelve years.
In 2007, I picked up an IJM brochure at a California church I was visiting. I came home to Idaho, ordered both of IJM President Gary Haugen's books and read them within weeks. The reality of modern-day slavery and human trafficking overwhelmed me - the darkness of the issue paralyzed me.
IJM Rwanda helped secure justice for a 5-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by a Rwandan man. He faces 20 years in prison, the longest sentence to date.
KIGALI, RWANDA – In a precedent-setting case, a Kigali man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old Rwandan girl.
When IJM and local authorities entered the first brick kiln, one of the women fell face-down in front of the government officials, sobbing and begging for rescue.
CHENNAI, INDIA – Yesterday, IJM helped local authorities rescue 40 children, women and men from two different brick kilns where they were trapped as slaves.
IJM helped police rescue girls and women who had been trafficked for sex and forced to stay in a closet-sized shack in a slum outside of Mumbai.
MUMBAI, INDIA – As IJM and police arrived, an auto rickshaw sped away from the lodge that was doubling as a brothel. The girls had been ordered to leave immediately, as the manager feared the rescue team that was on its way.
IJM Cambodia helped rescue girls and women trafficked for sex to a karaoke bar in Siem Reap. The convictions secure justice for the survivors and send a message to other bar owners in the area.
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – Last week, four perpetrators were convicted for sex trafficking crimes. Two had been involved in transporting girls from one province to another, and two owned the karaoke bar where girls were then sold for sexual exploitation.
When IJM Kenya met Dominic, an "easy-going, honest man," they quickly determined he was an innocent man incarcerated for a crime he had not committed.
NAIROBI, KENYA – This week, Dominic was released from prison after languishing there for 8 months. He had been charged with Robbery with Violence and incarcerated, despite the fact that not a single witness ever stepped forward to substantiate the charges against him.
IJM Rwanda helped secure justice for a 4-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted.
KIGALI, RWANDA – Last week, a young man was convicted for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl. He had been raised as an adoptive brother to the little girl, making the abuse all the more painful for the family.