Sex Trafficking

IJM's Newest Office In The Philippines Initiates First Anti-Trafficking Operation, Two Girls Rescued

PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES – Last week, IJM Pampanga helped the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) rescue young women from a bar where minors were being sold for sex. It was the first operation initiated by IJM Pampanga, which opened earlier this year as IJM’s third office in the Philippines.

IJM gathered evidence of sex trafficking and then worked closely with the NBI law enforcement officers to develop a rescue plan. The collaborative team entered the mid-sized disco bar at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2012.

IJM Manila Celebrates A Milestone: 100th Anti-Trafficking Conviction In The Philippines

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – After a six-year trial heard by four different judges, one sex trafficking case finally came to a close late last month. A trafficker was convicted, bringing justice to six girls who were rescued in an IJM-assisted operation. It was a hard-won victory for the entire team of IJM staff, government social workers and the public prosecutor who persevered throughout the case. And it was the 100th conviction ever under the Philippines’ anti-trafficking law.

IJM Mumbai: Three Convictions After Courageous Testimony From Sex Trafficking Survivor

MUMBAI, INDIA – After a tough legal battle, an Indian court has declared three traffickers guilty of sex trafficking crimes and evicted them from the building they had been using as brothel. The just verdict means each of the traffickers will serve a prison sentence, and it means justice for the four girls who were rescued from the brothel in February 2010.

IJM Mumbai: They Hadn't Seen Sunlight For Three Years...

MUMBAI, INDIA – IJM Mumbai got a call from the Kolkata police department. The police had been looking for Sundari,* a teenage girl who had gone missing three years earlier. Her brother had been the one to report the case, and he had refused to give up hope.

After months and months of false starts and dead ends, the Kolkata police believed they had finally found Sundari – she had been trafficked from Kolkata to a red-light district outside of Mumbai, nearly 1,000 miles away.