Sex Trafficking

IJM Manila Helps Rescue Girls from Four Bars in One Night

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – In a complex operation that required precise planning and careful coordination, IJM helped rescue several girls who had been trafficked to four different bars on the same street. When IJM discovered that these bars were selling minors for sex, they passed along the information to the National Bureau of Investigation's Anti-Human Trafficking Division (NBI).

Historic Interfaith Movement Against Human Trafficking Launched in the Philippines

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – For the first time in the Philippines' history, the three largest church councils have crossed denominational boundaries to unite around a single issue: combating human trafficking. On September 5, 2013, IJM helped co-host the "Freedom Forum," a kick-off event to commemorate the historic, ecumenical partnership and launch the working group of these Christian leaders dedicated to ending human trafficking in their country.

The Freedom Forum

Charito's Story: A Sex Trafficking Survivor Dedicated to Serving Others

Charito* is a strong young woman, known for her quick smile and bright eyes by her friends and the IJM social workers who have walked with her for many years. She is also known for her perseverance and hard work. Today Charito is finishing up her social work degree, eager to graduate from college so she can help others.

'I never thought it would happen to me.'

Specialized Law Enforcement Better Equipped to Fight Sex Trafficking in the Philippines

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM has been working with law enforcement in the Philippines to fight sex trafficking since 2001. Building on the expertise developed over the past decade of casework, IJM now regularly spearheads and organizes workshops for Filipino law enforcement officers to equip these men and women who serve as the frontline defense that vulnerable children need.

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