Sex Trafficking

IJM Mumbai: Search Through The Slums Leads To Rescue

MUMBAI, INDIA – As IJM and police arrived, an auto rickshaw sped away from the lodge that was doubling as a brothel. The girls had been ordered to leave immediately, as the manager feared the rescue team that was on its way.

The rescue team was indeed looking for the girls – who they believed were victims of sex trafficking. The lodge was empty, but the search was far from over. A surveillance team started to follow the auto rickshaw, determined to find the girls.

IJM Cambodia Secures Convictions Against Four Traffickers, One A Military Officer

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – Last week, four perpetrators were convicted for sex trafficking crimes. Two had been involved in transporting girls from one province to another, and two owned the karaoke bar where girls were then sold for sexual exploitation.

In July 2011, IJM helped local police to rescue nine girls and women who had been trafficked to a brothel fronting as a small karaoke bar. IJM Cambodia lawyer Saroeun Sek represented the trafficking survivors in court, and the convictions are an important step in the survivors' own journey of healing from the abuse.

IJM Cebu Helps Police Rescue Girls Trafficked to Bars in Back-to-Back Operations

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM assisted anti-trafficking police with back-to-back operations at two different karaoke bars where girls had been trafficked.

Five young women were rescued from the first karaoke bar. At HerSpace, the safe government shelter set up for trafficking survivors, each one signed statements that will be used as evidence in court against the suspected traffickers. IJM will represent the survivors as the case develops.