What is Online Sexual Abuse
and Exploitation of Children?
While the internet promises many benefits to children, it can also be the most dangerous place for them. The issue remains to be an alarming global concern, with millions of children having experienced being forced to perform sexual acts online, or being blackmailed for sexual purposes. Hundreds of millions of child sexual abuse materials are also shared and traded on the internet.
In the Philippines, 1 in 2 children is a victim of violence on the internet, according to a goverment study.
The worst form of this violence is online sexual abuse and exploitation.
What is happening?
More and more Filipino children are being abused and exploited on the internet.
In 2018, the Department of Justice Office of Cybercrime received 579,006 cyber tips for the online sharing, re-sharing, and selling of child sexual abuse images and videos.
In 2019, 418,422 cyber tips were recorded, but in 2020, we have seen a 260% increase since the start of the lockdown.
Source: From the United States National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
How are Filipino Children Abused and Exploited Online?
The National Study on Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children in the Philippines found that in many cases, poverty was the primary motivation for children and families to get into this situation. Older children are promised education or money by foreigners who want their sexual pictures or videos. Younger children are lured into perpetrators’ homes with candies and chocolates.
Those who are usually from foreign countries
Building the trust and confidence of the children, fostering friendship and nurturing a relationship with them is what you call “grooming.” This grooming is done by “perpetrators” online, those that pay for the videos or pictures of children to be shared and sold on the internet.
Those who procure children to do sexual acts online, usually parents, older siblings, or relatives
Then, there are those people who are close to the children who force or convince them to undress, perform sexual acts, rape or torture them in front of the web camera, and get the money. They are called the “facilitators.” They could be a child’s parents, relatives or neighbors.
This is a hidden crime, unknown to many but experienced more and more by Filipino children in their own homes, in their own families, and communities.
Babies as young as 3 months old were reported to be victims of online sexual abuse and exploitation.
They come from poor communities, and live with their families who are desperate to earn money. These children are forced by their parents, relatives, and neighbors to perform sexual acts in front of the camera.
Learn more about OSAEC:
New partnership, SaferKidsPH, addresses online child abuseOpen Link
New campaign SaferKidsPH to raise awareness on online sexual exploitation of childrenOpen Link
SaferKidsPH advocates to stop online sexual abuse and exploitation of childrenOpen Link
Higher Risk of Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children During QuarantineOpen Link
NTC, UNICEF, and Telecommunications Sector collaborate to protect Filipinos online and offlineOpen Link
UNICEF calls for protection of children under quarantine and children detainedOpen Link
Toys FilmOpen Link
Government PartnersOpen Link
TikTok StreamOpen Link
Case Study on the SaferKidsPH ConsortiumOpen Link
SaferkidsPH Mid-Term ReviewOpen Link
My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19Open Link
Global Network Resiliency Platform
How to Keep Your Child Safe at Home During the COVID-19 OutbreakOpen Link
Case Resolution and Management
Evidences of OSAEC
Role of Private Sector in the Promotion of OSAECOpen Link
COVID-19 and its implications for protecting children onlineOpen Link
National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children in the Philippines RecommendationsOpen Link
COVID-19 Tips for Parents of Children with DisabilitiesOpen Link
Stairway Foundation E-LearningOpen Link
Cyber SafeOpen Link
Save the Children PublicationsOpen Link
Australia, PH launch 6-year program vs. child exploitation.Open Link
UNICEF launches initiative against online sexual abuse.Open Link
Unsettling campaign from TBWA SMP focuses on sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines.Open Link
Confronting short film launched to end sexual abuse in the Philippines via TBWA/SMP Philippines.Open Link
P282M earmarked for SaferKidsPH.Open Link
8 of 10 cybercrime cases involve child exploitation, says watchdog group.Open Link
New tech fueling cybercrime cases in PH.Open Link
Campaign seeks to raise awareness on sexual exploitation of children.Open Link
Australia, PH launch 6-year program vs. child exploitation.Open Link
PH government, private sector launch joint campaign against online child sexual abuse.Open Link
Australian gov’t leads campaign against online sexual exploitation of children in PH.Open Link
SaferKidsPH: Sa 10 insidente ng cyber crime sa bansa, 8 ang kaso ng mga batang isinabak sa online sexual exploitation.Open Link
Internet service providers fail to report sites transmitting child porn – DSWD.Open Link
Australian Amb. @AusAmbPH leads the public launch of #SaferKidsPH, a new campaign to raise awareness on online sexual exploitation of children. @pnagovph.Open Link
An Australian government-led consortium on Tuesday publicly launched #SaferKidsPH, a six-year program seeking to elevate Filipinos’ awareness against child online exploitation and #pornography in the Philippines.Open Link
ATM: @AusAmbPHSteven Robinson AO announces the official launching of SaferKidsPH campaign to raise awareness on online sexual exploitation of children in Makati City.Open Link
QRT: SaferKidsPH: Sa 10 insidente ng cyber crime, 8 ang kaso ng mga batang ginagamit sa online sexual exploitation.Open Link
24 Oras: SaferKidsPH: Sa 10 insidente ng cyber crime sa bansa.Open Link
BT: SaferkidsPH: 8 sa 10 cybercrime sa bansa, sangkot ang mga batang isinabak sa online.Open Link
This short film has chilling facts about child exploitation.Open Link
Campaign Spotlight: Stuffed Toys in Compromising Positions in Front of the Camera—TBWA SMP Delivers the Most Disturbing Film You Will Watch Today.Open Link
Chiến dịch nêu bật tình trạng báo động vấn nạn Mua bán tình dục trẻ em trên mạng.Open Link
Derrick MonasterioOpen Link
Janina VelaOpen Link
Cristalle BeloOpen Link
Gary VOpen Link
Save the ChildrenOpen Link
End Rape Culture PHOpen Link
Barefoot PhilippinesOpen Link
Daphne Oseña PaezOpen Link
(1) RA 9775 (Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009)
(2) RA 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act)
(3) RA 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003)
(4) RA 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012)
(5) RA 9231 (An Act Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child)
(6) RA 9344 (Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006)
(7) RA 10175 (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012)