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.