43 girls and women rescued in Nepal as travel restrictions relax
Just under half of those rescued at the border met their trafficker during lockdowns over the past two months.
Agents monitoring border checkpoints are seeing an increase in travelers as the country’s COVID-19 travel restrictions relax. Traffickers continue to leverage social media to find and deceive their targets.
Among those rescued were a 21-year-old and her two-year-old daughter. They were being trafficked by a man she met on Facebook during lockdown the month prior. He had promised her a job and instructed her to lie to anyone who questioned her as she crossed the border. Both she and her daughter have been safely reunited with their family.
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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.
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.
19 survivors rescued from pimps during a raid in the Philippines
Eight of the survivors were children, three of whom were boys.
After three months of preparation, our agents went undercover with law enforcement to end the exploitation of these precious souls. The children received counseling and round-the-clock care in a government shelter while the pimps were arrested and prosecuted.
You can read the full story from the perspective of one of our agents here!