The Philippines

IJM Helps Rescue Six Young Women Trafficked to an Upscale Bar

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Earlier this month, Cebu’s regional anti-trafficking police unit called IJM for assistance with a rescue operation at an upscale bar in the city. IJM has trained and worked with this unit since they were formed in 2009.

When the unit discovered girls were being sold for sex, they arranged for a meeting at a high-end bar. On June 14, 2014, IJM helped police rescue half a dozen young women and arrest two suspects.

IJM Manila: Six Accused of Using Karaoke Bar as Front for Sex Trafficking Arrested

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Last month, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescued young women from a three-story video-karaoke bar, including one 16-year-old girl. Half a dozen suspects were arrested during the operation and may face charges under the Philippines’ strong anti-trafficking law.

The Rescue

IJM uncovered the abuse that was happening inside the dingy bar located on a crowded street. After presenting evidence of sex trafficking to the NBI, a small team of IJM staff helped the police plan and execute the operation on May 15.

IJM Pampanga: Woman Identified as Pimp on ABC News Arrested After a Year of Searching, Girls as Young as 11 Set Free

PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES – After more than a year of searching, IJM helped police locate and arrest a woman who had tried to sell young teens to an American man, without realizing she was talking to a news reporter and cameras were rolling. In last week’s operation, eight girls and teens, ranging from 11 to 19 years old, were rescued.

Tracking a Pimp Uncovered in ABC News Report

In early 2013, a woman approached an undercover reporter from ABC’s Nightline, telling him she had young teenagers who are virgins to offer for sale.