NAIROBI, KENYA - Less than ten miles from Nairobi's main city square, Kariobangi is one of its most densely-populated slums. More than 150,000 people live in a hodge-podge of high rise apartments and shanties built from corrugated metal and other scrap supplies. The marks of poverty are obvious: lack of actual roads, poor sanitation systems, communal toilets, high unemployment, and overcrowding, and the poor do not expect police to come running when they are in trouble.
KAMPALA, UGANDA - A battle that has lasted nearly as long as Charles has been alive is ending soon: This week, a man and woman were arrested and charged for stealing and selling off land that should belong to Charles, now 19, and his two orphaned siblings.
MUMBAI, INDIA - Getting inside the brothel is the first challenge: A manager sits outside a locked gate and screens customers. When the creaky gate collapses open, a thick curtain blocks anyone from seeing inside.
When a team of Mumbai police and IJM staff entered the brothel on Saturday afternoon, the place was eerily quiet. This was not the first time they had been here. IJM has helped police rescue girls from brothels in this same building five times over four years.
CHIANG MAI - A group of Thai citizens recently celebrated their new freedoms, though they have lived in Thailand for generations, many have just recently been recognised as citizens. The event was not an official national holiday, but hundreds showed up to celebrate.
In recent years, IJM has helped to rescue thousands of people from slavery. But through IJM's growing expertise, we are now addressing slavery in other, new industries. This year, IJM is continuing to draw on its experience and expand this work by opening a new office in Ghana.
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES – This month, three young women in the Philippines were honored through a local court’s ruling: The man and woman who had trafficked them were convicted for exploiting the girls in a bar that operated as a brothel.
GUATEMALA CITY - The Vice President of Guatemala, IJM President Gary Haugen, and other top Guatemalan officials signed an historic agreement on 12th August, which will allow IJM to train Guatemalan national police on protecting children from sexual assault.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA - Earlier this year, 7-year-old Lana* and her brother went with their mother to have lunch at a friend's house. While the mothers took a walk around the neighbourhood, the friend's uncle agreed to watch the children.
KOLKATA, INDIA - Five years after they were rescued from a brothel outside Kolkata, five young women travelled from Nepal back to India to tell their story. Their brave decision to participate in the trial against their trafficker and make the cross-border journey underscores their courage and commitment to seeking justice.