CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES
Partnering for Results
In Cebu, children were openly being bought and sold in brothels, bars and on street corners. In 2007, IJM partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch Project Lantern. The goal: Reduce the availability of children for commercial sex by 20 percent.
Police & Courts Take a Stand
With a focus on training and equipping police and courts to better protect children, we worked beside local government to stand up to the traffickers who’d been operating with near impunity. We exceeded our goal by 4x.
From Impunity to Accountability
Just like we did in Cebu, the Philippines, we enacted the same strategy in Manila — a 12 million person city with countless red-light districts — and Angeles City, where the largest tourist attraction was a mile-long open air sex mall.
75% Drop in 7 Years
in the availability of children for commercial sex in Manila
86% Drop in 4 Years
in the availability of children for commercial sex in Angeles City
in the availability of minors for exploitation in metro Cebu
Transforming a Justice System
The outlook was bleak for a child in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in the early 2000s. Children as young as 6 were openly sold for sex, while police looked the other way. And the prevalence of minors being exploited was estimated to be as high as 30 percent in some areas.
Children Rescued from the Sex Trade
30% to 2.2%
Drop in the prevalence of minors in the commercial sex trade
Less than 0.1%
Of those being sold for sex are minors 15 years and younger
Anti-trafficking police officers trained
There is still work to be done. But today, Cambodia is a safer place for young girls.
"While continued vigilance is required, Cambodia is a story of hope for the global movement to end slavery."
"The picture of very young girls being removed from horrific brothels in the Cambodian village of Svay Pak is seared in minds of the global community as an example of the horrors of sex trafficking worldwide. But this picture is no longer reality.”
"We are continuing to develop our anti-trafficking police officers’ skills, expand training and accountability mechanisms to the more rural units, and hope to see more progress in the future.”