Sex Trafficking

Survivors of Sex Trafficking Share What It Means To Be Beautiful

MUMBAI, INDIA – Every twenty-something woman has ideas on what it means to be beautiful. A small group of young women gathered in India’s largest city take turns musing, each one wearing a different palate of bright colors.

“Even if I put on make-up but am not pretty inside, it’s a waste of make-up!” exclaims Saba,* as she holds a corner of her green scarf in her hand and waves it as she speaks. “Women can be beautiful with make-up and without; inner beauty is also important.”

The Voice You Haven’t Heard: A Brave Survivor Rallies Students to End Trafficking in the Philippines

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – College students around the world are serious about ending modern-day slavery in their lifetime. In the Philippines, about 800 students gathered for the first-ever Justice Forum at Manila’s Polytechnic University to brainstorm new ways to stop trafficking in their country.

One of the most powerful speakers was a young woman named Rowena.* She addressed the crowd as peers—and from her unique perspective as a survivor of sex trafficking.

IJM’s First Cases In the Dominican Republic Result in Two Arrests & Justice for 14-Year-Old Girl

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – For a young teen named Clarisa* and her family, the fact that two men are in prison facing sex trafficking charges brings a sense of safety that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago. And for the IJM team in the Dominican Republic—established late last year and fully operational only for a few months—these arrests are critical to seeking justice in one of IJM’s first cases in the country.

Traffickers Prey On The Most Vulnerable