Via (name changed) was only a few months old when her mother died of cancer. She grew up with her father and his relatives. Her father had no stable job and when he remarried, he had 7 more children.
Via longed to study but because of poverty and lack of guidance from parents, she wasn’t able to go to school. In 2019, she was offered free tutorial classes by an NGO. She would go there 3 times a week to study. Not very long, when Via was able to finally find people she could trust, she shared that starting earlier that year, 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.
Help from the police and government social workers was arranged to help Via. During the initial investigations, Via’s father and the rest of the family left town to escape further investigation. Via was left in social welfare care. She was recently referred to The Blessed Project, where she is now adjusting well and on her way to rebuilding a dignified life.
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.