Battling Cybersex Crime in the Philippines

Philippines is a global hotspot for online sexual exploitation of children, with eight times more case referrals than other countries. The latest International Justice Mission report also showed that majority of the victims are female with ages ranging from 10 to 15 years and some even under 1 year old. Sadly, a lot of the identified perpetrators are the children’s own parents or close relatives.

This information is alarming knowing that a lot of children are staying home due to the lockdown, with potential perpetrators.

Before the lockdown, our partner Honor 1000, completed Online Safety Campaign sessions in selected ‘hotspot’ schools, reaching a total of 950 primary school students. They also recently conducted a community-wide Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign (HTAC), which was attended by 109 parents. These efforts inform both children and their parents on the dangers of online exploitation and how to avoid it and where to go for help if they ever need it.

Several more community-wide HTAC events were lined up, although these were postponed due to the pandemic. These events will resume once lockdown is lifted and communities’ safety from any health risk is ensured.

Source: International Justice Mission, May 2020. Online Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Philippines: Analysis and Recommendations for Governments, Industry and Civil Society. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP

Over the next months, we’ll see a surge of human trafficking and cybersex crime cases as this current pandemic pushes a lot of vulnerable people into desperate measures. Check out the links below to know how you can help!

 

You can also sign up for our August 2020 Stop Trafficking 5K event and setup your own fundraiser:

US$50, we can fund one cyber safety training session for 50 students or 30 moms
US$500, we can fund one complete cyber safety program for 50 students
US$5,000, co-sponsor an entire program for a high-risk school (with over 500 students)

Our Partners

    

 

PHILIPPINES | STOP CYBERSEX CRIME | STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING

All in a Day's Work

We are happy to announce that our field partner in the Philippines, Honor 1000, conducted four separate Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) awareness campaign seminars in Metro Manila and Region III - all on the same day!  

The event catered to 100 parents and 1,578 students....




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Relocating for her Children

Jessica used to sell flavored drinks in a different town, but this meant being away from her three young kids. She then made the critical decision to transfer her small store so she could be with them. To do this, she needed additional capital, so she tried applying to our microfinance program. Because she is new...




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15,000 OSEC Information Booklets Distributed

We are proud to announce that our field partner in the Philippines, Honor 1000, has completed our distribution of more than 15,000 OSEC information and activity booklets in partnership with Children International!

This means that 15,000 people have benefitted from our awareness campaign targeting Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC). As the Philippines is...




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Mildred Inspires Fellow Moms

 

From a small grocery store, Mildred worked hard to get to this point. Through our microfinance program, her range of products grew from just pantry essentials to also include household supplies. This year, she also added ready-to-wear clothes to her store. She is grateful for the help of our Philippine field partner, Honor 1000, that contributed...




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7th Birthday Filled with Hope

One of our projects in the Philippines is the Blessed House project wherein we rescue and journey with women and children who have been victims of human trafficking and cybersex crimes. As we close this project this year, we are transitioning these girls to a life of hope and restoration.

One...




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Engaging Military Officers to Fight Against OSEC

Kapitbahay Sessions is a Youtube video series that aims to increase relevant discussions on Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) and give platform for influencers, students, even OSEC survivors to take part in our fight against exploitation of children.

In our recent Kapitbahay Session episode, a retired colonel and his wife,...