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Casework
Nuns Offer Different Sort of Sanctuary in Opening New Crisis Center in Manila
Survivors were often taken to a random government building or back to the police station—not an ideal setting to open up and share difficult details...
IJM Helps Rescue Young Girls From Online Sex-Abuse Shows
Five girls between 9-12 years old are safe after being rescued this week from a home in a Filipino slum that had been turned into a cybersex...
Increase in Convictions in the Philippines Keep Children Safe, Traffickers Off the Streets
More than 35 survivors of trafficking will now be able to breathe a little easier. Last week, six traffickers were convicted for human trafficking...
Filipino Children as Young as 2 Rescued from Cybersex Trafficking
CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – A bulky desktop computer sits unplugged on the table in a police station. It looks harmless. But it’s not. It was once used...
Young Women Rescued From ‘VIP’ Rooms at Seemingly Innocuous Bar
Four young women who were once exploited in “VIP rooms” in a seedy bar in the Philippines are now free. This past month, the local anti-trafficking...
Australian Arrested in Philippines for Abusing School Children
Michael Refalo, a 61-year-old Australian national, is now behind bars, arrested on two charges of human trafficking by Philippine authorities. The...
IJM Training Exercise Leads to Rescue of Underage Girls
Four girls are now safe from being exploited in the local commercial sex trade, rescued by police only hours after an IJM training session. During...
Life Sentencing for American Expat Sends Strong Message to Sex Offenders Overseas
An American expat will spend the rest of his life behind bars for child sexual abuse crimes committed in the Philippines. A Los Angeles federal court...
Massive Operation in the Philippines Shows a Country Serious about Ending Human Trafficking
Eleven suspects were arrested at a high-end entertainment bar where women and girls were being trafficked and exploited for sex in the heart of...

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