Sex Trafficking

IJM Cebu: Six-Year Trial Ends with Justice for Survivors of Sex Trafficking

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Two traffickers were convicted on Friday, December 13, in a small, make-shift courtroom in a nondescript government building—a stand-in for the main courthouse which was damaged in a massive earthquake in Cebu in October.

It was the first judgment in a sex trafficking case since that earthquake and the subsequent Typhoon Haiyan that has devastated the surrounding islands. It was also the end of a six-year legal battle.

Against All Odds, IJM Goes Back to Find One Girl in the Heart of Kolkata Red-Light District

KOLKATA, INDIA – When IJM first went with police into the heart of Kolkata's largest red-light district to rescue a young teen named Sashmeeta*, she was hidden away in a locked room.

The chances of a girl being moved once police have been looking for her by name are extremely high. But when the rescue team returned three weeks later on November 22, Sashmeeta was still trapped inside the same building.

Giving Thanks for Rescue—and a Joyful Reunion in Mumbai

MUMBAI, INDIA – Yesterday, IJM helped rescue two young women during a sting operation near a train station in the bustling city of Mumbai. IJM had first discovered and tried to rescue one of these girls back in August—but when the team arrived at the motel where they believed she was being regularly sold to customers, she was not among the five girls they were able to help free.