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
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.
The journey to sustainability varies for each of the client moms of Honor 1000's Microfinance Program. There are various factors and conditions contributing to this, but one thing remains unchanged and that is the support provided to these moms.
The fight against OSAEC (online sexual abuse and exploitation of children) and human trafficking may be complex and long. But the increased involvement of leaders and advocates encourages us to continue pushing forward.
In June 2020, International Justice Mission (IJM) and the Philippine National Police rescued a deaf and mute 27-year-old online sexual exploitation victim, together with her children. She was admitted to the Blessed House for immediate care and is now part of Blessed Project’s Sewing Livelihood Program as part of her restoration.