Just before Christmas 2016, in the Dominican Republic, the International Justice Mission (IJM) rescued 15 women from an international sex trafficking ring. Three suspected sex traffickers were arrested.

Many of the women are believed to have been abducted from Colombia and forced to travel across international borders. All the women are now living in a safe house and are being provided for by IJM aftercare workers.

“This is one of the most sophisticated operations Dominican anti-trafficking police have ever conducted,” IJM representatives say.  It involved two years of undercover investigation and four different locations.  IJM’s experience in international trafficking helped to provide training and support so local police could carry out the operation.