After conducting the Online Safety Campaign (OSC) with the students in a local school, our on-the-ground partner in the Philippines, Honor 1000 Movement, invited the parents to attend the Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign (HTAC) to inform and encourage them to protect their children against human trafficking.
Aside from cybersex crime, another main issue in provinces of the Philippines is the lure of working in the cities, usually in Manila. Parents need to be more vigilant against perpetrators who offer too good to be true jobs especially when it entails transporting them or their children to another location.
After the HTAC sessions, some parents express their desire to work with Honor staff in raising awareness against human trafficking. They are volunteer Parent Advocates. As the team expands their reach in farther provinces, the Parent Advocates serve as significant help in actively bringing awareness about the dangers of human trafficking and cybersex crime to communities.
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.
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.