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.
BANGALORE, INDIA - Four boys were rescued from slavery on a rose farm located just a few hours from the highly industrialised city of Bangalore. Two of the boys are brothers, and they had been trapped for five years. The youngest was only 9 years old.
Child Slaves, Beaten for Making Mistakes
MUMBAI, INDIA - IJM helped rescue half a dozen young women from an abusive brothel - including one young woman who said she hadn't seen sunlight for three months.
Rescue Comes Swiftly
NAIROBI, KENYA - IJM Kenya helped one local family find peace last month, with justice secured for their daughter Milly* in court. Her parents now know that the neighbor who raped Milly can't hurt other children again.
After a two-year trial, a judge found this man guilty for raping Milly in their crowded Nairobi neighborhood when she was 11. On July 16, the man was sentenced to life in prison.