Southeast Asia

Arrest Takes Down "Big Fish" Brothel Owner in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA – After years of operating brothels where girls were bought and sold for sex, a very well-connected and powerful brothel owner has been arrested by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Cambodian National Police in an operation that also resulted in the permanent closure of two brothels. IJM assisted police in preparing for the operation in both brothels, collecting strong evidence that underage girls were forced to have sex with customers.

International Justice Mission, Other Trafficking Leaders, Honored by Philippine President, Department of Justice

MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – Late this July, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III hosted a special ceremony to celebrate strides forward in the fight against trafficking in the Philippines and honor leaders who have contributed to the ongoing transformation – including IJM.

The celebration was spurred by the U.S. State Department's decision to move the Philippines up a tier in its annual report, reflecting the government's commitment to address the massive trafficking problem in the country.