Sex Trafficking

IJM Kolkata Celebrates Justice 6 Years After Shefali Was Rescued From Massive Red-Light District

KOLKATA, INDIA – Six years after 15-year-old Shefali* was rescued from a brothel in Kolkata's largest red-light district, the woman who trafficked her was sentenced to prison for her crimes. The conviction brings closure to a lengthy trial riddled with obstacles, and, according to IJM Kolkata Field Office Director Biju Mathew, "justice means this brave survivor can keep thriving in freedom."

"My soul and body are gone"

Former Military Officer Arrested, Cambodian Churches Help Survivors as Sexual Assault Case Continues

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – Over the past three years, IJM has been developing a complex case against a former military officer suspected of brutally assaulting impoverished girls in his community. Although many stories circulated about the horrific abuse that went on behind the closed doors of his secure home, it took years to locate any families who were willing to formally accuse the powerful Cambodian man of his crimes.

Thanks to Sister Heema's Training with IJM Mumbai, She Knew How to Help Two Girls in Trouble

MUMBAI, INDIA – Gita* knew something was wrong when she found two girls huddled together, asleep in the stairwell of her apartment building. They seemed to be alone, and it was unclear how they had arrived in her building.

Gita herself had come to Mumbai as a 12-year-old orphan, and she knew what kind of trouble could come their way.

A Providential Call for Intervention

In Broad Daylight, IJM Cebu Helps Anti-Trafficking Police Rescue 8 in Undercover Operation

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – On Sunday morning, a small team drove to an empty parking lot two hours outside Cebu city. There was an outdoor market nearby, and the whole area would be bustling soon. But at 9 a.m., it was still relatively quiet.

The team of IJM staff and the Philippine National Police's Cebu-based Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force was meeting a well-known "mamasan," who said she would provide girls to foreigners who wanted to buy sex. She carried out her end of the phony deal and was arrested on the spot.