PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – In a landmark case that will echo throughout trafficking rings around the capital city of Cambodia, the former chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Anti Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police was found guilty as an accomplice to aggravated procurement of prostitution. Yesterday, he and three other perpetrators were convicted for trafficking crimes, all sentenced to at least seven years in prison.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Last week, IJM and government officials conducted an undercover operation in a bar in Manila's red-light district, rescuing nine girls and women who were trafficked for sexual exploitation.
"As we ate a meal together, I could see light coming back into their eyes. There is deep pain, but there were moments even of laughter. The girls started to believe that maybe someone had heard their silent cries for help."
– IJM Social Worker
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA – Rumors were flying in the small, rural village. Two girls were missing, and people were whispering that they had been taken to a nearby province and forced to work as prostitutes.
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND – La-aw drives down a dirt road, winding through hilly countryside dotted with villages of varying sizes. Though the road is not drawn on many maps, La-aw knows the route from Chiang Mai into the tiny villages well. She and other IJM Thailand staff make frequent rounds into the rural villages to help families get citizenship.