CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM Cebu worked with a special anti-trafficking unit of the Philippine National Police to rescue women and girls who were sexually exploited in a brothel that fronted as a karaoke bar in Cebu.
The rescue team entered the establishment around midnight on October 8, making their way to the back bar where girls had been sexually exploited in the private rooms available for customers to rent.
IJM social workers were on the scene to assist the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development in providing initial crisis care for the survivors. At least two of the survivors are underage, and all of the trafficking survivors will receive long-term aftercare to meet their individual needs.
Four suspects were arrested on the night of the operation and are being charged with Qualified Trafficking, which carries a sentence of life in prison.