Sex Trafficking

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.

IJM Cebu Helps Rescue Two Teens Who Took Jobs as Nannies, Instead Trafficked into the Sex Trade

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Two friends who left their tiny island home to be nannies together were rescued last weekend from the small, shabby resort where they were instead trafficked into the sex trade. The teens, 15 and 17, had been trapped on an island more than a day's journey from their home. Without money or their own phones, they had no way of calling home for help.

The Philippines: IJM Helps Law Enforcement Rescue 5 Boys

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM Cebu helped rescue five boys—the youngest only 9 years old—from a beachside resort on Friday, July 12. An Australian national and his Filipino driver were arrested and taken into custody that same night, both allegedly involved in abusing these children.

Five Boys Rescued from "Shocking" Abuse

The regional anti-trafficking police unit in Cebu called IJM for assistance with the rescue operation and follow-up care. The original tip came from another mother who reported suspected sexual abuse to city social workers.

IJM Pampanga Helps Rescue Three Girls from Cybersex Den in Residential Neighborhood

PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES – Girls as young as 15 were rescued from a cybersex den in Angeles City last Friday. The city is a known destination for sex tourism, with large entertainment clubs and bars where young women are openly sold for sex. But the girls rescued July 12 were being exploited out of a home in a residential neighborhood.

IJM Pampanga worked with the Anti-Transnational Crime Division of the Philippine Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to carry out the complex rescue operation, and the national law enforcement officers arrested three suspects.