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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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.