Sex Trafficking

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.

IJM Mumbai: Three-Year Trial Ends with Traffickers Convicted and Brothel Closed

MUMBAI, INDIA – Two brothel keepers were convicted this week in a special court set up for human trafficking cases in Mumbai. The judge sentenced each trafficker to three years in prison and ordered the brothel permanently closed.

According to IJM Mumbai Director of Legal Michelle Mendonca, this "two-pronged approach of awarding both a conviction and a brothel closure not only provides justice to the victim, but also helps ensure that the premises will not be used to exploit other victims."

Rescue and Restoration

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.