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DSWD warns youth on online sexual exploitation of children

Philippine Information Agency
10 Dec 2019, 22:38 GMT+10

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Dec. 10 (PIA) - Do you know that 60 percent of perpetrators of online and sexual exploitation among children are parents of the victims?

Out of the 428 Online and Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) victims rescued from the period 2011 to January 2019 are 12 years or younger.

Almost 80 percent of the 428 OSEC victims are male.

These were among the statistics from International Justice Mission (IJM) shared by Leilani Bolivar, Project Development Officer III of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Ilocos (DSWD-1), during the Youth Forum held on December 4 here.

IJM is a global non-governmental organization partnering with local justice systems with a mission to end violence against poor people.

The trafficker, or the seller, typically lives in the Philippines and provides the children to be sexually abused for live online streaming.

The trafficker is often someone whom the child knows or lives in the communities close to children and makes sexual photos, videos or live shows of children on the internet for a profit, while the buyer or customer are based abroad.

Bolivar warned the students of the different faces of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC) and be vigilant if there are perpetrators in their communities.

She explained that OSAEC includes all acts that are sexually abusive and exploitative in nature carried out against a child that have at some stage connected to the online environment.

"Sextortion is one form wherein one extorts sexual favors or images from a victim, threatening to disseminate existing images of the victim if demands are not met," Bolivar said.

She added, "OSEAC always involves child pornography in some way and worse, the production of child abuse materials or child exploitative materials."

Bolivar also mentioned about local government mandatory services for victims under the Republic Act 9775 which include emergency shelter, counselling, free legal services, medical or psychological services, educational assistance, and livelihood and skills training. (JCR/AMB/JDS, PIA La Union)

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