When their mother started working at night as a prostitute in the Philippines, she would usually ask one of her male friends to watch over her children. The man started abusing both of the girls repeatedly. Because of this, the two girls would usually sneak out of their house at night and walk around the city. A number of times, foreigners would call them into their hotel rooms and take videos of them naked.
Through the help of IJM (International Justice Mission) Philippines, the girls were rescued and were brought to the Blessed House. Now, they are happy to be in a safe place, surrounded by people who care for them.
In fact, the staff and other girls at the Blessed Project recently arranged a simple gathering for one of the sisters’ birthday celebration. Although simple, it was surely memorable, as it was the first time the young girl experienced such a celebration for her birthday.
Thank you to Casey and Sue for sponsoring these girls and giving them a safe place to heal and grow.
The Blessed Project in the Philippines is currently the home to 19 young women, survivors of human trafficking.
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.