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Carissa Shares Dream With Trusted IJM Manila Social Worker: Little Sister Crying Out For Help

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Carissa* woke up sweating from her dream. It had seemed so real. Her little sister Jacqui* had been crying out for help. That's when she knew she had to tell someone about the abuse.

16-year-old Carissa has been living at a government-run children's shelter since she was rescued from her abusive home earlier this year. She meets regularly with her IJM social worker, who is helping her process the abuse she endured from her step-father. An IJM lawyer is helping build a case against the man.

IJM Bangalore's Graduation Ceremony Illuminates The Path Of Freedom

BANGALORE, INDIA—Slavery steals dignity from its victims. But earlier this year, an incredible ceremony celebrated the dignity and value of more than one hundred survivors of forced labor slavery. In the first "graduation" ceremony held by IJM Bangalore's aftercare team, laughing children, proud fathers, and mothers dressed in their finest saris came together to celebrate two years of healing and restoration.

Rescued On The Fourth Of July, Karishma Shared How She Was Initiated The Night Before

MUMBAI, INDIA – Karishma* left her home in Bangladesh less than one month ago. She thought she had met a man who would love her and give her a new life as his wife. A better life. But the farther they travelled from home, the more uncertain Karishma's future became.

On July 4, IJM Mumbai and local police helped rescue Karishma from a brothel. She had been initiated just the night before. She shuddered as she told how one man had raped her, preparing her for the customers who were scheduled to start arriving that very day.

A Cruel Initiation