52 children rescued and enrolled in community care
Over the past few weeks, the survivors, ages eight to 17, have attended our initial trauma-rehabilitation program and begun the first steps of their freedom plan.
These rescues occurred in South Asia. Almost all of the survivors were being sexually exploited and abused in exchange for funds needed to survive.
Five of the survivors were eight years old.
Our program in this region focuses on trauma rehabilitation and training programs that help families break free from extreme poverty. In cases where a very young child is rescued, our freedom plan focuses on providing training opportunities for her guardian so that the child can attend school and the family is able to afford necessities such as food and shelter.
Rescue Update Archive
Raid in the Philippines Rescues 14
Three girls, five boys, along with five young women, are now free after police–aided by our agents–completed a successful raid!
After receiving a tip that a pimp was bragging about selling underage boys and girls on social media, our agents went to law enforcement and together began to build a case. That pimp, along with three accomplices, was arrested during the raid.
48 girls rescued in Zimbabwe
All the survivors, aged 13-17, had been forced to sell themselves just to stay alive. While suffering terribly at the hands of their abusers, the girls often can only make enough money to buy their next meal.
26 children in Kenya no longer have to sell themselves to survive
The children, two of whom were boys, were between 10 and 17 years old. After rescue, all survivors begin their journey toward freedom with the support of our compassionate team of counselors and caseworkers.
You can read more about our new region of rescue and the work we’re doing there on our blog.
63 Rescued at the Nepal Border
Join us in celebrating the 63 individuals rescued last month by our heroic border agents in Nepal! The women and girls were between 14 and 36 years old.
After rescue, survivors may choose to prosecute their traffickers, though many forgo that option to avoid the negative community stigma. Every survivor is counseled on how to spot and avoid traffickers in the future.
17 survivors rescued in the Dominican Republic
It was a valiant, collaborative effort alongside our partners in law enforcement in the Dominican Republic to help these survivors achieve freedom from abuse. Their rescue culminated in 16 cases being closed by Dominican authorities, with 16 perps arrested!
One of those cases involved the sex trafficking of two individuals, while the rest were victims of sex crimes. You can read more about how we rescue here.