Despite the Odds, Lana’s Family Finds Justice in Four Months

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Earlier this year, 7-year-old Lana* and her brother went with their mother to have lunch at a friend’s house. While the mothers took a walk around the neighborhood, the friend’s uncle agreed to watch the children.

The afternoon quickly turned into a nightmare: When Lana’s 11-year-old brother heard the terrified screams of his little sister, he ran to help her. He found his friend’s uncle sexually abusing his little sister. He called his mother to come back to the house immediately.

The Harsh Odds for Half the World

IJM Manila: Five Traffickers Convicted, Building Now Houses a Church, Gym and Restaurant

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, five men and women were convicted for trafficking girls and selling them for sex out of a Manila bar.

It has been a multi-year battle for justice to bring the bar owner and his accomplices to justice.

Joint Operation Brings Rescue

In December 2010, IJM discovered that girls as young as 16 had been trafficked to the two-story bar and were being sold for sex.