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.
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.