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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As young as 9 years old, Elaine (name changed for privacy) was pimped by her mom to customers along the street, and at 10 years old, Elaine started working in bars. She was finally rescued a year after and is now safe in shelter.
In June 2020, International Justice Mission (IJM) and the Philippine National Police rescued a deaf and mute 27-year-old online sexual exploitation victim, together with her children. She was admitted to the Blessed House for immediate care and is now part of Blessed Project’s Sewing Livelihood Program as part of her restoration.
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.