Though we continue to feel the effects of the pandemic and prolonged lockdown in the Philippines, 6 women and 6 children have been successfully reintegrated with their families or into new homes.
In 2019, we featured the story of two sisters who were rescued with the help of International Justice Mission (IJM). Their mother worked as a prostitute at night, leaving her two children with a male friend to watch over them. However, the man started abusing both of the girls repeatedly. Because of this, they would sneak out of the house at night and wander in the streets. They would often get called by foreigners into their hotel rooms and take videos of them naked.
Both sisters are now in a registered group home where they can go to school and be surrounded with the love and care they need to grow into amazing young women with bright futures.
Aside from these two sisters, four other young women were reunited with their own families. All the transfers and reintegration were done with proper assessment from Blessed Project’s social worker and the social workers from the referring agencies / non-government organizations. The Blessed Project will continue to closely monitor the women in their families and new homes to finalize and ensure their smooth transition.
Staff coordinating with community social workers to facilitate reintegration of young women from Blessed Project
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16 Children Rescued from Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
16 children have been rescued from online sexual abuse and exploitation. Most of them experienced the abuse from their own families and relatives. These children are now safe in our shelter, receiving the counselling and support they need to start rebuilding their lives.
The prolonged pandemic in the Philippines has created issues that required necessary adjustments, especially for the women and children in The Blessed Project who are still in school and/or have ongoing court cases.
Early in 2019, the slum area where Kara and her family lived caught fire. Kara was homeless so she decided to live with her friends. One of her friends introduced her to a woman who promised to give her a job. Little did she know that the woman would exploit her.
Issa [name changed for privacy and protection] lived in a cemetery with her family. As the eldest, she felt the burden to help provide for the family. She found a job through a woman she met, but before she knew it, she was trapped and unable to free herself from a recurring exploitation.