Sex Trafficking

IJM Pampanga Helps Rescue Young Women from Bar Under Sex Trafficking Investigation

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.

A Tiny Church In A Mumbai Slum Gives A Giant Gift At Christmas

MUMBAI, INDIA – Two women sit quietly on a tile floor in a Mumbai slum and carefully piece together bits of green and orange fabric in an intricate design. Sunlight filtering through the barred windows lights up piles of brown plastic bags around them; hundreds of cotton quilts are folded neatly inside.

“I want to make them fast so I can give them to the girls sooner,” Shanti* says with a smile.

Three Convictions In Pampanga Show A Country Serious About Stopping Trafficking

PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES – Two sex trafficking cases ended with convictions today in the Philippines. Both underscore a government serious about stopping this rampant crime.

As one judge wrote in her decision: “While the government continues to gather strength to build a strong foundation against trafficking, let this Decision be its voice saying: stop trafficking in persons now.”