PHONM PENH, CAMBODIA – Last night, IJM helped police rescue girls from two brothels in the heart of Cambodia's capital city. Both brothels fronted as massage parlors and are apparently part of the same criminal network that traffics and sells Vietnamese girls for sex.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – In a complex operation that required precise planning and careful coordination, IJM helped rescue several girls who had been trafficked to four different bars on the same street. When IJM discovered that these bars were selling minors for sex, they passed along the information to the National Bureau of Investigation's Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI).
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Two years ago, 11-year-old Beatrice* went shopping with her neighbors. She knew them well—the family had children close to her age, and the father was actually her godfather. But on the way home from running errands, Beatrice was betrayed: The man she and her family had trusted for so long sexually abused her.
Beatrice was hurt and confused—and too afraid to tell anyone what had happened.
The Awful Betrayal and Public Abuse
Charito* is a strong young woman, known for her quick smile and bright eyes by her friends and the IJM social workers who have walked with her for many years. She is also known for her perseverance and hard work. Today Charito is finishing up her social work degree, eager to graduate from college so she can help others.
'I never thought it would happen to me.'