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.

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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.

Perpetrators

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.

Facilitators

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.

Victims

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.

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Why are Filipino children abused and exploited online?


It is a sad fact that many people would pay for pictures or videos of children being abused or watch them live online. This is a very big illegal business worldwide and the Philippines is one of the biggest sources.

Learn more about OSAEC:


New partnership, SaferKidsPH, addresses online child abuse

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New campaign SaferKidsPH to raise awareness on online sexual exploitation of children

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SaferKidsPH advocates to stop online sexual abuse and exploitation of children

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Higher Risk of Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children During Quarantine

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NTC, UNICEF, and Telecommunications Sector collaborate to protect Filipinos online and offline

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UNICEF calls for protection of children under quarantine and children detained

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Conference Materials - Publications and Research Articles

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SaferKidsPH Resources

Toys Film

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Government Partners

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TikTok Stream

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UNICEF Resources

My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19

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Global Network Resiliency Platform


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How to Keep Your Child Safe at Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Case Resolution and Management


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Evidences of OSAEC


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Role of Private Sector in the Promotion of OSAEC

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COVID-19 and its implications for protecting children online

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National Baseline Study on Violence Against Children in the Philippines Recommendations

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COVID-19 Tips for Parents of Children with Disabilities

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COVID-19 Tips for Parenting Teens (PDF already on site)

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Children with Disabilities and COVID-19


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COVID-19 Minimum Care Package for Children with Disabilities

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Online Safety Advice for Young Children, Parents, and Carers

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Philippine Resources

PNP-WCPC

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Stairway Foundation E-Learning

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Cyber Safe

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AlamBaU

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Save the Children Publications

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Global Resources

ThinkUKnow

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Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation

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eSafety Commissioner

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The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

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Advocacy Brief: Prioritizing the safety of children online during the COVID-19 pandemic (New PDF)

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Australia, PH launch 6-year program vs. child exploitation.

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UNICEF launches initiative against online sexual abuse.

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Unsettling campaign from TBWA SMP focuses on sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines.

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Confronting short film launched to end sexual abuse in the Philippines via TBWA/SMP Philippines.

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P282M earmarked for SaferKidsPH.

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8 of 10 cybercrime cases involve child exploitation, says watchdog group.

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New tech fueling cybercrime cases in PH.

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Campaign seeks to raise awareness on sexual exploitation of children.

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Australia, PH launch 6-year program vs. child exploitation.

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PH government, private sector launch joint campaign against online child sexual abuse.

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Australian gov’t leads campaign against online sexual exploitation of children in PH.

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SaferKidsPH: Sa 10 insidente ng cyber crime sa bansa, 8 ang kaso ng mga batang isinabak sa online sexual exploitation.

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Internet service providers fail to report sites transmitting child porn – DSWD.

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'SaferKidsPH' launched vs. online sexual exploitation.

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Australian Amb. @AusAmbPH leads the public launch of #SaferKidsPH, a new campaign to raise awareness on online sexual exploitation of children. @pnagovph.

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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.

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'SaferKidsPH' launched vs. online sexual exploitation.

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ATM: @AusAmbPHSteven Robinson AO announces the official launching of SaferKidsPH campaign to raise awareness on online sexual exploitation of children in Makati City.

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QRT: SaferKidsPH: Sa 10 insidente ng cyber crime, 8 ang kaso ng mga batang ginagamit sa online sexual exploitation.

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24 Oras: SaferKidsPH: Sa 10 insidente ng cyber crime sa bansa.

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BT: SaferkidsPH: 8 sa 10 cybercrime sa bansa, sangkot ang mga batang isinabak sa online.

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'SaferKidsPH' launched vs. online sexual exploitation.

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This short film has chilling facts about child exploitation.

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Campaign Spotlight: Stuffed Toys in Compromising Positions in Front of the Camera—TBWA SMP Delivers the Most Disturbing Film You Will Watch Today.

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Chiến dịch nêu bật tình trạng báo động vấn nạn Mua bán tình dục trẻ em trên mạng.

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Derrick Monasterio

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Janina Vela

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Save the Children

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End Rape Culture PH

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Barefoot Philippines

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Daphne Oseña Paez

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(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)