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OPERATION INNOCENCE: 30 CHILDREN RESCUED FROM BRICK FACTORIES
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Over the last several months, O.U.R. partnered with Agape International Missions’ SWAT Team and the Siem Reap Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Police (AHTJPP) in Cambodia to rescue 30 children who were being exploited at brick factories. 

Children rescued from the first operation

We are very grateful for AIM’s strong response to the issue of children being exploited in these factories, and for the partnership we shared in carrying out this operation. 

Machine used at the factory (one of the girls told how her hair was caught inside and ripped from her head whilst operating it)
The Brick factory
The brick factory

When clear evidence of exploitation was presented, AIM team members worked with the families of the children to help them exit the factory jobs and receive appropriate care. Officers of the Siem Reap AHTJPP, Agape International Missions’ SWAT Team members, local police and local authority officials took part in the official inspections. 

Housing conditions at the factory. This was the scene of one of the young girl’s exploitation.

This was the first time any large-scale action against brick factories has been taken in Cambodia.

Photo cred: Kamren Sexton. These photos are not associated with Operation Innocence and depict other brick factories in Cambodia.
Photo cred: Kamren Sexton. These photos are not associated with Operation Innocence and depict other brick factories in Cambodia.

Despite difficult obstacles along the way, we helped remove 30 children from dangerous and hazardous working conditions over the course of five months. They are now safe, healthy and are either studying at school or receiving vocational training; opportunities that otherwise they would have never had. 

A 17-year-old boy rescued from the brick factory (he is now currently studying at school and learning skills in electronics)

This operation, since it was the first of its kind, has caught the attention of many police units and government officials to take action against brick factories in their respective jurisdictions. We are excited about this impact! With AIM, we hope to maintain Operation Innocence’s momentum to combat exploitation within brick factories and help rescue more children in need. 

Children rescued during the second operation
Rescued children from the third operation
Children rescued at 4th operation


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O.U.R.'S FIRST 31 DAYS OF 2020 - O.U.R. Stories
2020-02-07 09:17:41
[…] to rescue 30 children who were being exploited at brick factories. This was the first time any large-scale action against brick factories has been taken in […]
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Jamie
2020-05-11 11:17:56
How can we support/volunteer? I am in Florida and would love the opportunity to support this effort.
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OURrescue
2020-05-26 14:51:20
Thanks for wanting to support the cause! You can spread awareness in your community or contribute your skills remotely as a volunteer- register at ourrescue.org/join-the-fight and click “Volunteer”.
Leslie Siegel
2020-07-22 13:53:45
Hi I would like to support/volunteer. Can you connect me with like minds near me. I live in Palm Beach County, Florida. I think I have a volunteer profile already?
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Leslie
2020-07-22 13:54:58
oops. Please delete my last name. Thank you. leslie
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Cheri
2020-07-25 03:18:05
I'm a psych RN and would love to volunteer please let me know how I can help. Do the children need a place to stay? Or how else can I help? I'm in OH
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Catalina Sheran
2020-07-29 08:27:29
I would love to help and volunteer , I have space kids can stay or maybe donations with cloth or shoes or even adoption please please let me know .
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Kenzy Strawn
2020-11-17 11:58:14
Can the children rescued be adopted?
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