Dedication to Protect Children

A UNICEF study revealed that 8 in 10 Filipino children and adolescents are in danger of being bullied or being sexually abused online. The Philippines has become known as a top global source of materials on child sexual abuse. More than 20,000 child pornographic images are uploaded to the internet every week*.
Ms. Ailyn is a guidance counselor at a public elementary school in the Philippines. She explains that for some students, home life is difficult with domestic fights, single parent homes, and low socioeconomic living. Some students often get involved in fights or turn to social media as a coping mechanism to escape the problems at home. This puts them at high risk of getting involved in cyber crimes. Ms. Ailyn is a huge advocate for the school-based Online Safety Education program run by Honor 1000 Movement. Together, we are reaching out to schools and communities, helping to protect vulnerable children by bringing education and awareness.

Our 2019/2020 project plan is to reach students in two of the known trafficking hotspots in the Philippines and expand throughout other regions as the year continues. In total, we aim to reach 7,800 students. We continue to hear stories about exploitation and abuse from students. We cannot and will not stop this fight to protect children from cybersex crimes. 

Source:  Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children Online in the Philippines: A Review of Online News and Articles Sandra Concepcion Layla S. Hernandez,1 Andrew C. Lacsina,1 Michelle C. Ylade,1 Josephine Aldaba,1 Hilton Y. Lam,2 Leonardo R. Estacio, Jr.3 and Anna Lena Lopez1, Vol 52, No. 4, 2018

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Safer Home and Means of Living

Early in 2019, the slum area where Kara and her family lived caught fire. Kara was homeless so she decided to live with her friends. One of her friends introduced her to a woman who promised to give her a job. Little did she know that the woman would exploit her.




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House to House Advocacy

Since schools in the Philippines have shifted mostly to online classes and large gatherings are still prohibited, our partner Honor 1000 found an alternative to continue reaching out to students and parents and raise awareness on human trafficking and online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC) despite the pandemic.




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Coming Up with New Ideas

Irene recently joined the Microfinance project. Her small business is selling shoes, clothes, and cosmetics. Because of the pandemic, she was forced to stop taking orders because the businesses selling non-essential goods were banned to operate.




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Rescued in an Entrapment Operation

Issa [name changed for privacy and protection] lived in a cemetery with her family. As the eldest, she felt the burden to help provide for the family. She found a job through a woman she met, but before she knew it, she was trapped and unable to free herself from a recurring exploitation.




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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.




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Keeping a Positive Outlook

Estrella usually travels to the neighboring city to sell snacks. This is how she supports her two kids. However, as the local government strengthened precautions in lieu of the pandemic, she’s now unable to peddle her goods, which greatly affected her income.