IJM Cambodia Secures Convictions Against Four Traffickers, One A Military Officer

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – Last week, four perpetrators were convicted for sex trafficking crimes. Two had been involved in transporting girls from one province to another, and two owned the karaoke bar where girls were then sold for sexual exploitation.

In July 2011, IJM helped local police to rescue nine girls and women who had been trafficked to a brothel fronting as a small karaoke bar. IJM Cambodia lawyer Saroeun Sek represented the trafficking survivors in court, and the convictions are an important step in the survivors' own journey of healing from the abuse.

IJM Rwanda Helps Secure Justice For A 4-Year-Old Girl

KIGALI, RWANDA – Last week, a young man was convicted for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl. He had been raised as an adoptive brother to the little girl, making the abuse all the more painful for the family.

The little girl's mother contacted IJM for help. Acting as the family's representative, IJM Rwanda helped police track down the man, who had moved to another province after the assault was discovered. IJM staff also facilitated a medical examination for the girl, who will receive trauma-focused counseling to help her recover from the abuse.

IJM Guatemala: Three Men Convicted of Rape After 14-Year-Old Stella's Brave Testimony

GUATEMALA CITY – This week, three men were convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison for raping Stella*, a 14-year-old Guatemalan girl.

Stella was in a convenience store buying medicine for her headache when three men started heckling her. She left the store, but the men followed her. Stella was beginning to panic when they grabbed her and brought her to an abandoned house. There, she was held at gunpoint and raped by each of the men.