Kara*, 16, never met her father. She and her two siblings were brought up alone by their mother who worked as a freelance massage therapist and part-time street sweeper.
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. Kara, along with other young women, started work in a spa that offers “extra services”.
Kara was rescued in an entrapment operation and was referred to a temporary shelter. After several months, she was then referred to the Blessed Project where she now learns employable life skills such as sewing and baking, while on her way to healing and recovery.
*Name changed for privacy and protection
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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.
Issa [name changed for privacy and protection] lived in a cemetery with her family. As the eldest, she felt the burden to help provide for the family. She found a job through a woman she met, but before she knew it, she was trapped and unable to free herself from a recurring exploitation.