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IJM Chennai: Eight-Year Trial Ends with Justice, Sex Trafficking Survivors Moving Forward

CHENNAI, INDIA – Eight years after IJM helped rescue two teenage sisters who were being sold for sex, an Indian court found three traffickers guilty on multiple charges. The traffickers face ten years in prison, and the young women are moving forward to a bright future.

Betrayed by Their Own Mother

IJM Bangalore: More Than Two Dozen Rescued from Slavery on Massive Construction Site

BANGALORE, INDIA – For many in the U.S., Monday was the end of a three-day weekend commemorating Labor Day; for 28 people rescued from a massive construction site in Bangalore, it was the beginning of freedom.

IJM first heard about this case of forced labor slavery from a partner organization called Jan Jagriti Kendra (JJK). This organization had learned about a missing persons report: Seven women had mysteriously vanished from a small village in central India, and officials had traced them to a construction facility in Bangalore—more than 800 miles away.

IJM Guatemala: Best Practices Become Permanent Reforms in the Justice System

Most impoverished families in Guatemala do not think justice in a court is possible, at least not for them. Families face significant obstacles in order to report a crime or take a case to trial. Even then, the justice system is complicated and intimidating—especially for children.

IJM has seen these obstacles firsthand. Since 2005, a small team of Guatemalan lawyers has been prosecuting cases of child sexual assault, while IJM social workers help the survivors receive holistic care.

IJM Bolivia: Conviction Brings Justice to Micaela and “Hope for a Future”

LA PAZ, BOLIVIA – Micaela* has endured more suffering in her 18 years than most will experience in a lifetime. Half her young life has been marred by a neighbor who repeatedly assaulted her and forced her to have two abortions. This month, that man was finally found guilty and sentenced to prison.

Secret Abuse, Hidden Pain