FOUR GIRLS HAVE BEEN SAVED FROM EXPLOITATION IN PAMPANGA, THE PHILIPPINES; ALLEGED NEWS.
Four girls were rescued by Police only hours after an IJM Training Session.
During the Workshop, Officers from the Philippine National Police discussed three rescue operations from earlier in the year in which 26 victims were rescued from trafficking.
Four Teens Freed
As the Workshop ended, a team of Police and IJM staff drove to a bar in the city.
The rescue team discovered four 17-year old girls inside an establishment masquerading as a bar and a grille.
The Philippine National Police reportedly gathered enough evidence to arrest two suspects, who have been charged with trafficking of minors.
Bar to close
Officers, with the help of the IJM Social Workers and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, then interviewed the survivors and recorded their statements.
They were reportedly able to gather enough evidence that, for the first time, the Department of Labor and Employment decided to initiate the closure of the bar without a letter or petition from IJM.
The bar is set to close this month.
The survivors were taken to shelters where IJM Social Workers are currently following up with them on their road to recovery.
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IJM Training Exercise Leads to Rescue of Underage Girls, Alleged News
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