Three minors have been rescued from the abuse of livestream online sexual exploitation in a sting operation led by the local police’s Women and Children’s Protection Center.
With the assistance of International Justice Mission (IJM), the girls underwent COVID testing following pandemic protocols and are now safe in our shelter receiving proper trauma-informed interventions.
The Department of Justice in the Philippines has received triple the number of reports of online sexual abuse since COVID lockdown was first implemented in March.
On-the-ground efforts of our local partners to increase awareness and bring intervention and justice, are important more than ever.
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16 Children Rescued from Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
16 children have been rescued from online sexual abuse and exploitation. Most of them experienced the abuse from their own families and relatives. These children are now safe in our shelter, receiving the counselling and support they need to start rebuilding their lives.
The prolonged pandemic in the Philippines has created issues that required necessary adjustments, especially for the women and children in The Blessed Project who are still in school and/or have ongoing court cases.
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.
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.