In one of our largest operations, local police officers and AIM SWAT rescued a total of 21 victims, including 6 minors, from a high-end massage parlor in Phnom Penh on September 16th.
This is our largest sex trafficking raid to date and the beginning of FREEDOM for these women and girls.
Covert Surveillance Operation
The raid followed a covert surveillance operation that was launched after officers received information that minors were being sold for sex or sexual services to customers. The 21 survivors were rescued during the raid and 3 suspected traffickers were detained.
The massage parlor was officially closed down by local authorities after evidence inside the parlor was secured. The 3 suspects were then arrested and will await trial from prison for child sex trafficking-related offenses.
We are now looking after all 6 minor girls and 5 of the adult women at our Restoration Home, while the other 10 women have been transferred to partner shelters for aftercare services. The AIM Legal Team will represent all 21 victims throughout the forthcoming court process.
Rescue is where freedom starts for these women and children. We are truly grateful for the incredible support of our partners who make these raids possible and enable us to rescue girls and stop traffickers from ever hurting them again.
Together, we will bring an end to trafficking.
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