Sex Trafficking

IJM Pampanga and Police Work Around the Clock to Rescue 17 Young Women

PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES – In just one week, IJM helped police rescue 17 girls and young women from four different bars in the Philippines. The team of IJM staff worked around the clock—nearly 100 hours—on the back-to-back operations.

Pampanga is a region in the Philippines, long known as a hotspot for sex tourism and as a hub for traffickers. Neon signs keep the streets bright, but inside many of these bars and entertainment clubs women and girls suffer violence and abuse.

A Training Exercise Leads to Real Rescue

Rescue in Mumbai: Police and IJM Discover a Brothel’s Secret Hiding Spot

MUMBAI, INDIA – Getting inside the brothel is the first challenge: A manager sits outside a locked gate and screens customers. When the creaky gate collapses open, a thick curtain blocks anyone from seeing inside

When a team of Mumbai police and IJM staff entered the brothel on Saturday afternoon, the place was eerily quiet. This was not the first time they had been here. IJM has helped police rescue girls from brothels in this same building five times over four years.

Jolie’s Story Inspires Other Survivors of Sex Trafficking in Manila

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – After four years in trial, two traffickers have been convicted and sentenced to life in prison for trafficking, thanks in part to the testimony of Jolie,* who they trafficked when she was just 15 years old. Jolie and her mother are now advocates who share their story with sex trafficking survivors and their parents.

Survivors Get Justice in IJM’s Fastest Sex Trafficking Case in the Philippines

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – This month, three young women in the Philippines were honored through a local court’s ruling: The man and woman who had trafficked them were convicted for exploiting the girls in a bar that operated as a brothel.

The ruling came just nine months after these young women were rescued—a stunningly swift verdict in a country where notoriously slow courts have kept justice out of reach for many.

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