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UBS: Justice, Hope, and Liberty Initiative

Ending the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Bangladesh

In this collaborative initiative from the United Bank of Switzerland (UBS), IJM is helping build a comprehensive, scalable, portable model to mobilize governments, communities, and survivors to end the commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC) of children in Bangladesh.


Children are exploited and abused with impunity in Bangladesh

The commercial sexual exploitation of children in Bangladesh is occurring across the nation in brothels, hotels, and private homes. Just hours after beginning initial investigations, one IJM staff member was offered a 13-year-old girl for sex by a pimp who had no fear of any consequences from government authorities. Children are trapped in vicious cycles of abuse, sometimes for decades, with no hope that anyone will help them experience a life of freedom and healing.


In collaboration with IJM, The Freedom Fund, and Survivor Alliance, UBS is funding a rigorous and comprehensive initiative to transform the public justice system response to CSEC in Bangladesh, rescue and protect survivors, and empower and equip the government to own responsibility for eliminating CSEC entirely from the streets of Bangladesh.

This process begins with intensive baseline research and investigative work to determine the actual prevalence of the crime, as well as identifying local partner organizations to help implement programs on the ground.

Through this partnership, IJM can tailor our approach to help authorities with investigations, intelligence gathering, and building the capacity of police and judicial systems to identify and pursue cases of CSEC. All these efforts are informed by the actual needs of survivors and are focused on holding criminals to account.

Project Progress:

The Bangladesh Government has demonstrated will and interest, at the highest levels of political leadership, to address trafficking in the county. As we move past our first year of establishing a presence and conducting the baseline survey, IJM’s interventions will deliver a comprehensive, scalable, and portable model that can be taken to other countries and replicated across the region.

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