23 girls and young women stepping into freedom in the Philippines
Efforts in collaboration with law enforcement rescued 23 survivors of sex trafficking, including four minors, and facilitated the arrest of three alleged perpetrators.
After we received a tip that girls and young women were being sold for sex by a pimp in a southern region of the Philippines, agents began collaboration with local law enforcement – our first mission ever in this region.
The operation was the result of months of hard work and case building. We worked alongside police to provide undercover surveillance, intelligence gathering and on-scene support during the raid.
Our social worker collaborated with the Filipino Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) team and assisted in the support of survivors immediately after rescue.
Rescue Update Archive
3 boys rescued through newest pilot project
Three boys, ages 8, 9 and 11, have been rescued from sexual abuse and are receiving care.
The boys were all being abused by a local business owner. The grandmother of one of the children bravely sought out our team to get help for her grandson after she discovered what he had endured.
Our teams will provide counseling to the boys and will work to empower all three families economically so the young boys can attend school.
The man was arrested but later released. Our team continues to gather evidence in hopes the police can take further action against the alleged perpetrator.
Collaborative effort with police rescues six Nepali boys from international labor trafficking
Six boys, ages 12 to 17, have all returned home and are reunited with their families.
A 32-year-old man had targeted a small village and lured six boys, ages 12 to 17, out of Nepal with false promises of good jobs and by using an uncommon, remote route.
The families immediately filed missing persons cases, which alerted both the police and our teams. Within hours, one of our informants noticed a man traveling with a group of boys matching the missing persons’ descriptions and our rescue agents coordinated a rescue alongside police and anti-trafficking units that same day.
The boys were reunited with their families, the trafficker has been arrested and the families have pressed charges.
16 Women and Girls Rescued Along Nepal’s Border
16 women and girls, one only 13 years old, were rescued along the border of Nepal.
Six border stations were involved in rescuing these precious lives.
Traffickers routinely use deceit and false promises to lure victims across the border, but our trained agents are skilled in spotting signs of exploitation. Thanks to their efforts, most victims are rescued before abuse even occurs, just like these 16 individuals!
31 girls, most under 14 years old, rescued in South Asia
31 girls no longer have to sell their bodies to survive.
Some of these young girls were forced to sell themselves just to buy food. While the oldest was 17, most were under 14 and the youngest was only 10 years old.
All of the girls have begun the healing process in our community care program, where they will be provided with food, counseling and training to help their families become financially independent so the younger girls can attend school. To learn more about our holistic approach to empowerment, read more about community care.
22 children rescued in Uganda
22 girls between 15 and 17 years old have been freed from sexual exploitation.
We are celebrating the freedom of 22 courageous teens! 16 entered our residential care home while the other six joined our community care program. All will receive regular health checks and food packs as they start the healing process through our dynamic Empower trauma counseling program.
The counselors show incredible empathy in their care of each survivor – their compassion helps soothe injured hearts. As they recover, survivors will learn valuable skills to help them stay free as they progress through their individual Freedom Plans.