As schools remain closed in the Philippines, our team in Siquijor (one of the identified high-risk communities) partners with local community leaders to gather children and teach them how to be safe online. The team was also invited by the local government to present plans for the distribution of OSAEC (online sexual abuse and exploitation of children) information booklet. The pandemic has made the occurrences of OSAEC worse with the loss of sources of livelihood and the surge of online activities.
In Manila, community leaders themselves joined in distributing the OSAEC information booklets in households.
An organization working in poor communities in the northern part of the Philippines also inquired about the OSAEC materials and was able to reach out to 330 families. Most of the families we are reaching out to are from impoverished situations, with access to the Internet, and are extremely vulnerable to cybersex trafficking.
The increased involvement of leaders and advocates in this fight against OSAEC and human trafficking encourages us to continue pushing forward.
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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.
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.
Many Filipino families continue to suffer from the harsh consequences of prolonged lockdown in the country. Sadly, many of these parents are pushed to their limits and resort to exploitation (of their own children) as a means to earn a living.