Sex Trafficking

IJM Cebu: Trafficking Survivor Returns to her Hometown to Help Rebuild After Typhoon

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.

Retired U.S. Marine Sentenced to 210 years in American Court for Sexually Abusing Young Cambodian Girls

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Eight years after retired U.S. Marine Michael Pepe was arrested and charged for systematically and sadistically abusing young children in Cambodia, he has been found guilty and sentenced to 210 years in prison.

Pepe was leading a double life while working in Cambodia as a college professor: he would lure impoverished girls into his home, then subject them to violent sexual abuse. Though he was extradited to the U.S. and convicted in 2008, the sentence was handed down on February 28, 2014, after a multi-year legal battle.

IJM Mumbai: After Nearly Five Years, Traffickers Found Guilty and Survivors Find Closure

MUMBAI, INDIA – A four-and-a-half year battle finally came to an end in a Mumbai courtroom on January 6, 2014: Two brothel managers and three pimps were found guilty of selling minors for sex. It was a long-awaited victory for the IJM team seeking justice for girls who had been trafficked years ago.

In the Middle of Typhoon Nari, IJM Helps Bring Rescue and Arrest Traffickers

PAMPANGA, PHILIPPINES – As Typhoon Nari bore down on the Philippines this fall, the destruction made global headlines. But far below the headlines, another drama was playing out against the background of the torrential downpour and power outages.

In the midst of the typhoon, six young women were being rescued from the bar where they had been trafficked and sold for sex.

The entertainment bar was located in the heart of the red-light district in Angeles City, an internationally known destination for sex tourism.