Seeking Justice Against Perpetrator

Zarah (name changed) was rescued by International Justice Mission and referred to the Captivating funded Honor 1000 Movement’s Blessed Project. At age 14, a neighbor lured Zarah into cybersex in exchange for money, so she can help her poor family. Aside from her, several other young girls were also victimized by the same perpetrator. The authorities conducted online investigations and were able to filter Zarah’s messages to the perpetrator. Zarah is now under the care of the Blessed Project and has an ongoing legal case against the perpetrator.

Honor 1000 Movement recently participated in a seminar hosted by a local government agency on increasing skills for child friendly forensic interviews. It aims to empower aftercare programs to provide support to victims with ongoing legal cases like Zarah. Most victims of cybersex are young children who aren’t even aware that they are being abused. The work that our partners do in the Stop Cybersex Crime school-based project is crucial in coming alongside them in realizing they are being abused and that there is help. The Blessed Project exists to help rehabilitate young women and girls who have fallen prey to traffickers and the online world of cybersex. Thank you to our amazing donors who support these two life changing projects in the Philippines.

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Safer Home and Means of Living

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.




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Rescued in an Entrapment Operation

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.




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3 children now safe

3 children, victims of cybersex abuse, have been referred to the safety of our partners' safe-house.




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Finding a Silver Lining

While this pandemic has tied down majority of us in our homes, the young women at The Blessed Project have found ways to make their time at the shelter worthwhile and fruitful. One of them, Jean (name changed for protection and privacy), shares her experience.




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From a Trafficking Survivor to a Confident and Inspiring Woman

Andi [name changed for privacy and protection] was rescued from trafficking by International Justice Mission (IJM) and referred to the Blessed House in 2017. During the past few years, she has gone through counselling, confidence building and learning skills that she can rely on to earn an income. She is now strong and confident and able to move out of the Blessed House and reintegrate into the community. She successfully secured a scholarship to finish her studies and is continuing to support herself through her job at the Blessed House's Sewing Enterprise. She is also one of the facilitators of the Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign (HTAC) with the microfinance groups. She spends time and engages with the mothers - answering their questions about human trafficking and encouraging them to fight it.




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Rebuilding a Dignified Life

Via was only a few months old when her mother died of cancer. She longed to study but because of poverty, she wasn’t able to go to school. 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.