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IJM Manila Field Office Director Sam Inocencio stands in front of the building that used to house the two-story bar where girls were exploited for sex. Today, a restaurant, gym and church occupy the space.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, five men and women were convicted for trafficking girls and selling them for sex out of a Manila bar. It has been a multi-year battle for justice to bring the bar owner and his accomplices to justice.
Wanda, pictured left, with her sister. Wanda says her favorite classes at school are Science and Physical Education.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – The Bolivian courts just began a 21-day recess, pausing all hearings and regular court proceedings.  For families waiting for justice, these three weeks can feel like an eternity.
IJM’s social workers and lawyer meet to review the case after the operation. The six survivors of sex trafficking will receive top-quality aftercare and legal defense in the months and years ahead.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Earlier this month, Cebu’s regional anti-trafficking police unit called IJM for assistance with a rescue operation at an upscale bar in the city. IJM has trained and worked with this unit since they were formed in 2009.
The perpetrator contacted the girls’ families to bribe them to drop the case. IJM helped set up hidden cameras to document the exchange, and the evidence led to his arrest.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – Last week, the founder and director of a children’s home in Thailand was convicted for sexually assaulting two girls under his care. The girls were 7 and 8 years old when the assaults began, and the abuse continued for more than a year.
Mary was terrified when a neighbor tried to steal her small home. “When IJM took on my case,” she says, “I felt that God had brought me a rescuer.”
KAMPALA, UGANDA – Mary lived on the same small plot of land in her rural village in Uganda for 50 years. It was where she raised her children, grew her family’s food, and where she buried her husband when he died.
Debra Hobbs, a fellow with IJM Kampala, describes court improvements to Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine at the Open Court day on May 2.
KAMPALA, UGANDA – For decades, widows and orphans in Mukono District had little hope of getting help in court when criminals violently stole their homes or land.
Fiona was rescued in IJM’s first anti-trafficking operation with local authorities in Cebu. Thankfully, she was rescued before she was ever abused.
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Seven years after IJM Cebu rescued five young women in our very first operation in the city, two traffickers have been convicted. Both pimps pled guilty, admitting that they had tried to traffic teenage girls and young women for sex.
After ten years of service, IJM is phasing out its work in Zambia, where we have protected vulnerable widows and orphans threatened with the illegal theft of their homes and property.
IJM Guatemala helped the boys enroll in another soccer league, where they were able to play the game they love, form healthy friendships and rebuild trust with new coaches.
GUATEMALA CITY – A man who offered private soccer lessons to young children was convicted in late May and sentenced to 111 years in prison for sexually abusing five boys and girls. Four of the children were siblings, including 8-year-old twin girls and two brothers, 6 and 15.
On June 3, one day after Telengana became India's 29th state, officials led an operation to rescue 179 from a life of slavery.
DELHI, INDIA – Yesterday, IJM helped bring freedom to 179 who had been trapped in a life of slavery inside an oppressive brick factory in India.

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