PAMPANGA: “International Justice Mission” Helps Rescue Three Girls from Cybersex Den in Residential Neighborhood

IJM opened our third field office in the Philippines last year in Pampanga, to fight sex trafficking in a city where sex tourism is booming.

On July 16, 2013—
“Girls as young as 15 were rescued from a cybersex den in Angeles City last Friday. The city is a known destination for sex tourism, with large entertainment clubs and bars where young women are openly sold for sex. But the girls rescued July 12 were being exploited out of a home in a residential neighborhood.

IJM Pampanga worked with the Anti-Transnational Crime Division of the Philippine Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to carry out the complex rescue operation, and the national law enforcement officers arrested three suspects.

The six survivors—three of whom are minors—were taken to a government shelter in a nearby province so they can receive critical care and counseling. IJM attorney Kathleen Piccio acknowledged that restoration will be a journey for these girls, but the night’s rescue operation is the critical starting point: “Now they are free to carve out a new life.””

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