Southeast Asia

IJM Cebu Helps Police Rescue Girls Trafficked to Bars in Back-to-Back Operations

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – IJM assisted anti-trafficking police with back-to-back operations at two different karaoke bars where girls had been trafficked.

Five young women were rescued from the first karaoke bar. At HerSpace, the safe government shelter set up for trafficking survivors, each one signed statements that will be used as evidence in court against the suspected traffickers. IJM will represent the survivors as the case develops.

Rescue in Cebu: It Was Clear They Wanted Out

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – Late last week, local police led an anti-trafficking operation on a bar where IJM discovered girls were being sold for sex. One of the trafficking survivors is a 16-year-old girl, and several of the women are young mothers who told IJM they were desperate to get out of the abusive bar.

"I don't want to do this anymore," said one woman in her early twenties, a mother of three children. She continued, "I'm a mother and I'm tired of this."

IJM Cambodia Assists Police with Anti-Trafficking Operation at Massage Parlor Doubling as a Brothel

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – IJM discovered that girls were being routinely abused and sold for sex in a massage parlor located in a popular tourist destination. They collected evidence and submitted the case to local police, urging immediate action.

The very next evening, police staged an anti-trafficking operation at the brothel doubling as a massage parlor. IJM staff was on the scene to support the teenage girl and other women who were brought out of the brothel.

IJM Cebu: Groundbreaking Convictions Against Two Traffickers

CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES – This week, two traffickers were convicted for sex trafficking crimes against two adult women and sentenced to twenty years in prison.

The just ruling is "ground breaking," according to IJM Cebu Director of Legal, Mark Anthony Del Mundo. "It sets the standard for cases that involve adult, rather than minor, victims," he explains.