23 girls and young women stepping into freedom in the Philippines
Efforts in collaboration with law enforcement rescued 23 survivors of sex trafficking, including four minors, and facilitated the arrest of three alleged perpetrators.
After we received a tip that girls and young women were being sold for sex by a pimp in a southern region of the Philippines, agents began collaboration with local law enforcement – our first mission ever in this region.
The operation was the result of months of hard work and case building. We worked alongside police to provide undercover surveillance, intelligence gathering and on-scene support during the raid.
Our social worker collaborated with the Filipino Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) team and assisted in the support of survivors immediately after rescue.
Rescue Update Archive
29 People, Including 13 Kids, Rescued in Nepal
During a single week last month (August), border agents rescued 29 people from traffickers trying to lure them out of the country.
Human traffickers lie to their Nepali targets, falsely promising love, a day in the city or a better job. They specifically target individuals who are financially desperate, emotionally vulnerable or just innocently naïve. The 13 children who traffickers targeted were 10–17 years old.
Seven girls rescued in Kenya
Seven children were rescued through our work in Kenya.
While a few were rescued from situations in which they faced the continual threat of sex crimes, most were forced to sell their bodies just to survive. For a look at the typical conditions that drive children to these extremes, read more here.
19 rescued from labor trafficking in Asia
Over the month of July, 17 men, a young woman and one 12-year-old boy, were rescued from labor trafficking in two Asian countries where we work.
While we continue to focus on rescuing sexually exploited children, our efforts can lead us to discovering and assisting victims trapped in other forms of human trafficking.
66 souls rescued at the Nepal border
66 people, including 24 children, were rescued over the course of June and July in Nepal.
One of the women rescued had her 4-year-old daughter with her, who invariably would have suffered the same fate as her mother. Two brothers, just 9 and 14 years old, were also rescued from a man claiming to be their uncle. To read about what happens if traffickers make it over the border with their victims, read more on our blog.
Operation in Thailand rescues six girls
The children, all between 15 and 17 years old, were rescued in a single operation from sex trafficking.
We’ve been strengthening our ties with Thai law enforcement agencies so we can continue to save more children more efficiently. To read about our recent memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government, follow this link.
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