PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – This week in Cambodia, IJM worked with local police to rescue girls and women from a brothel where they were sold for sex.
The brothel fronted as a karaoke bar, located in a rural province popular with tourists for its beaches. Customers selected girls from a display room where they sat in rows behind a glass wall, while pimps negotiated their sale.
The Anti-Human Trafficking Police Chief called IJM last week for investigative assistance, suspecting minors were being exploited for sex at the establishment. After collecting undercover surveillance, IJM and the police conducted the successful anti-trafficking operation and arrested suspected traffickers.
The survivors are currently at a local police station, where they are receiving crisis care from IJM social workers and giving initial testimonies of the abuse they endured. IJM will continue to provide support to the survivors and assist the underage girls as they settle into safe and loving aftercare homes.