CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, two traffickers were convicted under the Philippines' strong anti-trafficking law. The convictions were a long-awaited victory for the girls and women rescued from these perpetrators three years ago. Thankfully, the girls and women were rescued before ever being abused: They were actually intercepted by police as the traffickers attempted to transport them, making the conviction all the more significant.
"This verdict solidifies what the law says and is a good statement for other courts to follow," explains IJM Cebu's Director of Legal, Mark Anthony Del Mundo. The judge ruled justly, convicting the traffickers on proof of their intent to sell the girls for sex.
Most of the young women have been reunited with their families, but one of the girls is still living in an aftercare home.