June 30, 2010 - CJA completes sex trafficking assessment in the Philippines
In 2005, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $5 million grant to the International Justice Mission (IJM) to support a project to reduce sex trafficking in minors. The next year, IJM used the grant funding to launch "Project Lantern" in the Cebu metropolitan area in the Philippines. Under Project Lantern, IJM sought to reduce sex trafficking in minors by providing information to the police on suspected sex traffickers, supporting local authorities in the arrest and prosecution of sex traffickers, and providing aftercare for rescued victims.
CJA was selected as an external evaluator to measure the availability of minor sex trafficking victims in the area as part of a larger impact evaluation of Project Lantern. CJA brought teams of undercover investigators to the Cebu area on three occasions to gather data on sex trafficking: in 2006 (before Project Lantern had been implemented), 2008, and 2010.
CJA's systematic analysis documented a 79% decrease in the availability of sex trafficking victims in the Cebu area from 2006 to 2010.