One of the parents who received one of our Online Sexual Exploitation against Children (OSEC) information booklets, noticed particular signs in her husband’s niece. So she sat down with her and asked, “Are you ok?”. The girl opened up about the abuse that had been happening for the past year by her older siblings and cousins. After finding out more details, her parents were made aware and further action was taken to remove the child from the abusive situation.
Sometimes, all it takes is for someone to ask a child if they are safe. The outcome for this young girl has been life changing. Even though lockdowns are still in place for most of the Philippines, encouraging adults to watch out for signs and to have conversations with the children in their sphere of influence, is a very important step in keeping vulnerable children in the Philippines safe from online sexual exploitation and abuse.
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Microfinance Women and Staff Supporting Each Other
Because of the pandemic, most of the Philippines has been placed on lockdown since last year. This has challenged our program to adapt and comply with the health protocols that each municipality has set. We are grateful to have a dedicated team who diligently visits each area and client.
After several months of another strict lockdown in Manila, public schools are getting ready once again for module distribution. This allows us to reach out to more students despite schools being closed.
As young as 9 years old, Elaine (name changed for privacy) was pimped by her mom to customers along the street, and at 10 years old, Elaine started working in bars. She was finally rescued a year after and is now safe in shelter.