CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – This weekend in Cebu, several underage girls who had been trafficked to a bar and sold for sex were rescued in an IJM-assisted operation.
The Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RATTF) responded to evidence of trafficking and exploitation of the young women who were forced to work in the bar – several of whom are minors. The girls who were rescued are now receiving crisis care from IJM social workers, who will help place the survivors at long-term aftercare shelters where they may receive counseling and training to ensure a safe and successful future.
IJM Cebu's "Project Lantern" supported the Philippines National Police in the creation of the RATTF, the dedicated anti-trafficking investigative unit responsible for this operation. The RATTF routinely conducts surveillance and initiates rescue operations. Read more about Project Lantern here.