Issa [name changed for privacy and protection] lived in a cemetery with her family. Her father worked as a tricycle (motorcycle with side car used for public transportation) driver while her mother stayed at home to take care of her and her 7 siblings. As the eldest, she felt the burden to help provide for the family. At 16, she left home to look for a job, and found one as a service crew member in a fast food chain. She lived with her friends and regularly sent money to her family.
She met a woman who offered her an extra job. The woman would invite Issa to parties with men, where she was asked to swim, dance, and sometimes recruit other friends to come. Before she knew it, she was trapped and unable to free herself from this recurring exploitation.
Issa was rescued in an entrapment operation by local authorities to capture her recruiter. She was then brought to a temporary shelter and stayed there for several months before she was referred to the Blessed Project. There is an ongoing case against her recruiter.
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While this pandemic has tied down majority of us in our homes, the young women at The Blessed Project have found ways to make their time at the shelter worthwhile and fruitful. One of them, Jean (name changed for protection and privacy), shares her experience.
From a Trafficking Survivor to a Confident and Inspiring Woman
Andi [name changed for privacy and protection] was rescued from trafficking by International Justice Mission (IJM) and referred to the Blessed House in 2017. During the past few years, she has gone through counselling, confidence building and learning skills that she can rely on to earn an income. She is now strong and confident and able to move out of the Blessed House and reintegrate into the community. She successfully secured a scholarship to finish her studies and is continuing to support herself through her job at the Blessed House's Sewing Enterprise. She is also one of the facilitators of the Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign (HTAC) with the microfinance groups. She spends time and engages with the mothers - answering their questions about human trafficking and encouraging them to fight it.
Via was only a few months old when her mother died of cancer. She longed to study but because of poverty, she wasn’t able to go to school. Her father would take naked pictures of her while taking a bath. She wasn’t sure for what purpose the pictures were, but it went on for a couple of months.
The Blessed Project's Sewing Enterprise in the Philippines focuses on two core objectives: (1) sustainability and (2) skills training to prepare young women for employment. Jelyn’s story is just one of the many success stories the program has witnessed and wishes to witness as this social enterprise grows.
Most victims of cybersex are young children who aren't even aware that they are being abused. The work that our partners do is crucial in coming alongside them in realizing they are being abused and that there is help. The Blessed Project exists to help rehabilitate young women and girls who have fallen prey to traffickers and the online world of cybersex.