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17 girls and women now safe from sex trafficking in Myanmar

January 2024

Girls as young as 14-years-old were recently brought to safety from sex trafficking, in an operation run by an IJM partner and the Anti-Trafficking Task Force.

The operation was initiated after one of the girls was reported missing by her aunt. She’d been coerced into forced labour at a restaurant before being trapped in sexual exploitation in a night club.

Two perpetrators were also arrested at the brothel where the women and girls were found.

As soon as the survivors were safe, an IJM-funded partner provided them with urgent aftercare support, including accommodation and health checks.

Meanwhile, IJM’s legal partner ensured legal protection for the survivors by filing a case under the Human Trafficking Prevention and Suppression Law. Six of the survivors received legal counselling and are involved in legal proceedings.

Today, after receiving intensive support at a shelter, the women and girls are safely home with their families and guardians.

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