Retired U.S. Marine Sentenced to 210 years in American Court for Sexually Abusing Young Cambodian Girls

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Eight years after retired U.S. Marine Michael Pepe was arrested and charged for systematically and sadistically abusing young children in Cambodia, he has been found guilty and sentenced to 210 years in prison.

Pepe was leading a double life while working in Cambodia as a college professor: he would lure impoverished girls into his home, then subject them to violent sexual abuse. Though he was extradited to the U.S. and convicted in 2008, the sentence was handed down on February 28, 2014, after a multi-year legal battle.

Daughter Healing, Life Sentence for Kenyan Father Guilty of Rape

NAIROBI, KENYA – It took great bravery for Stephany* to speak up against her father after a brutal rape, but the young girl's courage has helped to keep her family safe. This week, IJM Kenya helped to secure her father's conviction, and he was sent to prison for life.

After the tough, year-long trial, IJM lawyer Mark Kones said, "The wheels of justice may grind slowly, but they still grind."

Police, IJM Kenya Help Secure Justice for Boy After Shocking Abuse

NAIROBI, KENYA – Pharis was only 13 years old when he survived a terrifying rape by a man he thought was a “Good Samaritan.” But with help from local police and IJM Kenya, he can now live in peace: This week, the man who attacked him was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

“This conviction was not only a success for my grandson,” Pharis’ grandmother said joyfully, “but for other boys who could have been abused if [this man] was set free.”

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IJM Mumbai: After Nearly Five Years, Traffickers Found Guilty and Survivors Find Closure

MUMBAI, INDIA – A four-and-a-half year battle finally came to an end in a Mumbai courtroom on January 6, 2014: Two brothel managers and three pimps were found guilty of selling minors for sex. It was a long-awaited victory for the IJM team seeking justice for girls who had been trafficked years ago.