The Philippines

Three Convictions In Pampanga Show A Country Serious About Stopping Trafficking

PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES – Two sex trafficking cases ended with convictions today in the Philippines. Both underscore a government serious about stopping this rampant crime.

As one judge wrote in her decision: “While the government continues to gather strength to build a strong foundation against trafficking, let this Decision be its voice saying: stop trafficking in persons now.”

Jolie’s Story Inspires Other Survivors of Sex Trafficking in Manila

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – After four years in trial, two traffickers have been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for trafficking, thanks in part to the testimony of Jolie,* who they trafficked when she was just 15 years old. Jolie and her mother are now advocates who share their story with sex trafficking survivors and their parents.

Survivors Get Justice in IJM’s Fastest Sex Trafficking Case in the Philippines

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – This month, three young women in the Philippines were honored through a local court’s ruling: The man and woman who had trafficked them were convicted for exploiting the girls in a bar that operated as a brothel.

The ruling came just nine months after these young women were rescued—a stunningly swift verdict in a country where notoriously slow courts have kept justice out of reach for many.

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.