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.
NAIROBI, KENYA – On Friday afternoon, an IJM lawyer in Kenya received a much-anticipated phone call: The man who had been charged with sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl was convicted, after significant advocacy from IJM’s legal team.
KIGALI, RWANDA – A Rwandan judge sentenced a local businessman to 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting a two-year-old girl. In addition to facing jail time for criminal charges, the perpetrator must pay fines for civil damages that were levied against him at the same time.
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – In a landmark case that will echo throughout trafficking rings around the capital city of Cambodia, the former chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Anti Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police was found guilty as an accomplice to aggravated procurement of prostitution. Yesterday, he and three other perpetrators were convicted for trafficking crimes, all sentenced to at least seven years in prison.