PAMPANGA, PHILIPPINES – On Easter Sunday, girls who had been trafficked and routinely exploited woke up in freedom. Their rescue came about thanks to a committed police unit and a band of IJM staff members.
Two years ago, Angelita* was rescued from a karaoke bar where she had been trafficked and sold for sex at just 14 years old.
Angelita has experienced more suffering and hardship than most will see in a lifetime, and yet her story is marked by resilience. Since IJM helped rescue her, she has begun to process the violence she suffered at the bar, as well as many painful experiences from her childhood.