PAMPANGA, THE PHIILIPPINES – A handwritten sign is still taped to the bar door: Gentlemen it’s time to close, it’s hotel and motel time. The message may be the last one the bar owners are able to post.
On Friday night, IJM helped police rescue 11 young women from this bar in Angeles City. This was our first rescue operation of the year in Pampanga.
The bar caters to foreigners and ex-pats who live in the area, and it is notorious for offering girls for sex. “This was the first of its kind for me,” said one IJM lawyer after the rescue operation.