Sex Trafficking

Trafficker Receives Maximum Punishment After Two Years in Hiding

KOLKATA, INDIA  — Three years ago in a district courtroom outside Kolkata, Maya* stood on the wooden witness stand and boldly shared her story. She declared that the man standing trial had raped and tortured girls trapped in a brothel, threatening them with dire consequences if they refused to obey.

“If you have seen so much abuse and torture in front of your eyes, don’t you want the person who did all this to have justice?” Maya shared afterwards. “If you don’t protest against what he did, he will never be stopped.”

Massive Operation in the Philippines Shows a Country Serious about Ending Human Trafficking

PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES—Eleven suspects were arrested at a high-end entertainment bar where women and girls were being trafficked and exploited for sex in the heart of Angeles City. The highly complex operation involved staff from all three IJM offices in the Philippines and required close coordination between national government agencies and the local anti-trafficking unit.

Carrying out an operation on this bar was a challenge—not only because of its size, but also because the bar management used deceptive tactics to hide their criminal activity.

New Study in the Dominican Republic: 1 in 10 Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation are Children

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINCAN REPUBLIC -- A cutting-edge study recently released by International Justice Mission reveals that 1 in 10 victims of commercial sexual exploitation in the Dominican Republic are children. 

While many think of trafficking as abuse that takes place in brothels or bars, much of the trafficking in the Dominican is street-based, with pimps and traffickers selling children right out in the open. In fact, the study found nearly 1 in 4 commercial sex workers found on street corners, parks and beaches to be under 18 years old.

Trafficking Survivor Reacts to Brothel Owner's Conviction

KOLKATA, INDIA – One of the most brutal brothel owners we have ever encountered in our work in India is facing ten years in prison for sex trafficking crimes in two cases. It’s the first time a trafficker has been convicted twice for these crimes in the state of West Bengal.

For IJM staff, this long journey toward began in 2009. For survivors like Prema*, the journey was even longer.

How Prema Was Trafficked

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