Events coming up...
IJM prayer update from the DR Field Office:
After filling a complaint and persistently reaching out to local authorities, a mother’s desperate plea for help was heard. On February 2nd, a Dominican prosecutor and the national anti-trafficking unit (ATD), with International Justice Mission assistance, lead a rescue operation to bring her daughter to safety. Three other minors, ages 13 -17, where also rescued in the location. IJM has trained many of the police officers who are part of the anti-trafficking unit who lead this operation!
The aggressor is a 41-year-old Dominican man, primary suspect of holding the survivors—including his own daughter, captive in his home located in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of the area. He will face charges for drugging, transporting and profiting from the four teenagers by selling them to men who paid to rape them.
The night of the rescue operation, Dominican public justice system officials collaborated to ensure the man was arrested, taken to court and not released on bail (Which is huge as he can’t just run away!). Since the rescue, three of the survivors were placed in government-run shelters where they received crisis care and medical attention. The other survivor returned home to care for her baby.
In the next month, the case will move to court and IJM will continue to support local authorities by representing the survivors in court. So far, three of the four survivors have been able to testify in court. The fourth one, the youngest of all, is scheduled to testify next week. Please pray for God’s strength, courage, and peace for this 13-year old survivor as she tells about her abuse in court. This can be an intimidating process, so please pray that the government officials who will interview her can do it with compassion and care and would avoid re-victimising questions. Finally, please pray that justice will prevail as this case moves in court in the next couple of months.