Two years ago, Angelita* was rescued from a karaoke bar where she had been trafficked and sold for sex at just 14 years old.
NAIROBI, KENYA - Last week, IJM Kenya helped secure the conviction and sentencing of a young man for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl who lived next door.
CHENNAI, INDIA - Fifty-six people have been rescued from slavery in a brick factory lined by tropical palm trees and patrolled by vigilant dogs. Some of the slaves had been trapped there for three months, others up to five years. All were exhausted and terrified of the owner who used violence to control them.
CHENNAI, INDIA - Ragesh had worked for the same man for sixteen years. He wove long, dried grass into colorful mats, much of the work done by hand. When he got married seven years ago, his wife joined him in the small business. But this couple was not employed; they were enslaved.
16 Years A Slave
NAIROBI, KENYA - Libby's* life was upended when an older relative sexually assaulted her in their impoverished Kenyan community. Though he tried to cover up the attack, Libby bravely testified against him and kept the baby born from the abuse.
NAIROBI, KENYA - In one terrifying day, Anthony and Silas were snatched from their daily lives and thrown into a crowded Kenya prison - a nightmare they would share for the next two and a half years.
Their only crime: being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Innocent but Accused
MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Yesterday, a man was sentenced to 40 years in prison and convicted for raping his daughter, Marikit.*
IJM has been working on this case since 2008, and IJM Manila lawyer Ralph Catedral was grateful to make the phone call to tell Marikit and her mother the news.
NAIROBI, KENYA - Pharis* was only 13 years old when he survived a terrifying rape by a man he thought was a "Good Samaritan." But with help from local police and IJM Kenya, he can now live in peace: This week, the man who attacked him was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA - A year after a man broke into his neighbours' home and sexually assaulted 6-year-old Vivi* and her 8-year-old sister, Mery*, he pled guilty and confessed to the violent crime. He was sentenced to a decade in prison in a plea bargain settled on 7th March, 2014.
Seeking justice for Vivi and Mery
NAIROBI, KENYA - It took great bravery for Stephany* to speak up against her father after a brutal rape, but the young girl's courage has helped to keep her family safe. This week, IJM Kenya helped to secure her father's conviction, and he was sent to prison for life.