Nine children rescued from abuse at monastery
A quick-acting citizen prompts the rescue of four sets of siblings, ages five to 12, in Nepal.
All nine children were studying under a Buddhist monk who had been sexually abusing them for the past few years. He threatened them, scaring each into silence about the abuse. The three oldest girls escaped for a little over a week but eventually journeyed back. On the road, they stopped, conflicted about what to do.
Then, a man passed by and asked if they needed help. The girls started crying and told him where they were going but how they didn’t want to return. He listened and counseled them, telling them to return to the monastery but promising he would find someone to help them. He immediately informed our agents at the border about the children.
Leaping to action, agents and police quickly rescued the children and arrested the monk. All children got counseling and medical checkups. Four children tested positive for COVID-19 and remain in the care of our staff until they are well. The others were reunited with their families. The monk is in custody and awaiting trial.
Rescue Update Archive
11 on their paths to freedom in Cambodia
11 girls, ages 13 to 18, have been rescued and enrolled in our community care program in Cambodia!
These survivors bravely rejected working in the sex industry and have chosen to join our program. Now, they will receive individual support from their caseworker and access to our trauma rehabilitation week-long program and business classes.
After completing the initial classes, survivors will work with their caseworker to customize their freedom plan. Their next steps could include attending school, pursuing vocational training or joining our training on-the-job program.
44 children rescued across three continents
Our efforts in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia brought freedom to 44 children.
Twenty-one children were rescued and joined our reintegration programs in Uganda. Some enrolled in community care, while others are now living in our residential home.
Nineteen children in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and two other countries, have been rescued from sex trafficking. Twelve survivors joined our community care program!
In the Dominican Republic, agents assisted police on a case to help a 14-year-old girl and ensure the arrest of her abuser. In collaboration with law enforcement, we rescued a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old and her infant daughter from sex trafficking. Three suspects were arrested in connection with the case.
Agents close eight cases in two weeks in the Dominican Republic
Agents assisted law enforcement teams and closed eight cases involving minors ages ten to 16.
Agents provided surveillance and interview assistance for six rape cases. One of our female agents, a psychologist, assisted with survivor interviews. We also aided in securing the arrest of the seven alleged perpetrators connected to the cases.
The other two cases involved sexual exploitation and child marriage. Local child welfare in the Dominican Republic (CONANI) will manage the next steps for the survivors.
31 children rescued in Uganda and on their paths to freedom
31 girls ages 14 to 17 have been rescued from sexual exploitation and joined our community care programs in Uganda
A major vulnerability shared by survivors in Uganda is an unstable home. It is not uncommon for a survivor to pass through numerous living situations involving different or absent guardians.
Of the 31 children rescued, only one child lived with both parents, and eight lived with a single parent. The rest were being cared for by relatives or lived on their own.
Our programs after rescue focus on a child’s unique situation to help her stay free. Our caseworkers and counselors might focus on repairing and strengthening strained family relationships. Older survivors are also able to learn vocational skills or do training on the job so they can afford rent with safe roommates.
25 rescued in Nepal
Agents in Nepal rescued 23 people at the border. Their efforts also ensured safety for two other survivors of sexual abuse and facilitated the arrest of their abusers.
A mother and her four-year-old son were among those rescued at the border. Nine of the survivors were children ages 15 to 18.