Southeast Asia

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.

After Four Years in Court, IJM Manila Celebrates Justice with Trafficking Survivors

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Yesterday, two traffickers were sentenced to life in prison for trafficking minors for sex. IJM represented the survivors of this abuse in the four-year trial. After the just ruling was announced, IJM staff joined the trafficking survivors and their families for a meal together.