IJM Bangalore: Families Trafficked Across State Borders Rescued from Slavery

BANGALORE, INDIA – Nearly 40 people from one of India's poorest states were rescued this week from a brick factory just outside Bangalore. They said a man had come to their village and offered them jobs and the money to pay for their travel across state borders. When the families arrived at the brick factory, they quickly realized they had been tricked. They were trapped at the factory as forced labor slaves.

Twenty-Hour Days, No Escape

IJM Cebu: On Their Night of Rescue, Victims of Sex Trafficking Empowered by Survivor Testimonies

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – In a covert sting operation on Friday night, IJM helped anti-trafficking police rescue a boy and several young women, including three 16-year-old girls. The pimp who had arranged the sale was arrested and is now facing sex trafficking charges.

The survivors had been recruited from impoverished neighborhoods in or around Cebu. Some of the girls said they thought they were just going to have dinner with "foreigners," and they were horrified and confused when they realized that the man who had offered them the job intended to sell them to customers for sex.

IJM Brings Rescue to Manila Bar, Survivors from Province Destroyed in Typhoon Haiyan

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM helped rescue young women who were being sold for sex and exploited at a rooftop bar in Manila. Four of the survivors—including a 15-year-old girl—are from Samar, a very impoverished province.

The young women said they had been offered jobs as waitresses, a chance to lift themselves out of poverty. Instead they were taken to this video-karaoke bar and told they were "Guest Relations Officers," cocktail waitresses who were also forced to have sex with the bar's customers.

Survivors Freed from Red-Light District in IJM Mumbai’s First Rescue of the Year

MUMBAI, INDIA – In their first anti-trafficking operation of the year, IJM Mumbai helped police rescue two young women from one of the oldest and most notorious red-light districts in India.

One of the girls said she had been offered a job as a waitress, then trapped in a brothel and sold to four to five customers a day. The other young woman, named Ajita,* said she had been promised a job in a garment factory, then drugged and trafficked from her South Indian state to the bustling city of Mumbai. She said she had been trapped in the red-light district for more than five years.