Sex Trafficking

IJM Trains 5000th Official in Mumbai

MUMBAI, INDIA – It was just after midnight when the rescue was complete.  IJM had assisted with an anti-trafficking operation in Kamathipura, Mumbai’s largest red-light district. It was a fast and well-executed operation, leading to freedom for two young women.

Usually such operations take many hours, even days. But in part because of an IJM training, this particular operation went far more efficiently. In fact, the entire operation had finished within a matter of hours.  

Filipino Children as Young as 2 Rescued from Cybersex Trafficking

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – A bulky desktop computer sits unplugged on the table in a police station. It looks harmless. But it’s not. It was once used to sell children as young as 2 years old for cybersex in the Philippines.

Over the past week, in two different cases, six children—most under age 7—were rescued from cybersex trafficking rings in the Philippines. The boys and girls were being sexually exploited in  images and video broadcast online to customers in over 19 countries on four continents, including the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

American Faces Charges in Thailand for Exploiting Street Children

CHIANG MAI, THAILAND — An American man is behind bars and facing charges for exploiting and abusing young teenage boys living on the city’s streets. In Thailand, he faces trafficking and sexual assault charges, and he may face additional charges abroad.

The 56-year-old American man was arrested on Wednesday, July 8, after IJM and local police have been investigating the case for more than six months.

Recent Convictions Indicate Crackdown on Impunity for Sex Traffickers

KOLKATA, INDIA — A life-changing moment took place in Kolkata just a few weeks ago: Four traffickers were convicted for crimes exactly four years after IJM helped rescue 10 young women from commercial sexual exploitation.

Sangeeta* is one of those survivors. She was trafficked when she was 12, locked in a hotel room, then routinely raped by men who paid as little as $2.50 to abuse her.

These convictions are just a few of more than a dozen recent rulings, a trend revealing that this district, once infamous for trafficking, is changing.

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