In back-to-back operations, police caught two women who offered to sexually abuse children and livestream the abuse to customers abroad paying to watch online. The suspects’ smart phones, which police believe were used to broadcast the exploitation, were collected as evidence.
IJM’s team travelled a full day to support the operations, which took place on Saturday. Around noon, police arrested the first suspect—a mother who offered to livestream sexual acts involving her 10-year-old daughter in exchange for a payment from a foreigner online. As police arrested her mother, social workers rescued the girl, along with four other children who were found at the woman’s home.
As evening set, police moved to conduct a second operation, targeting a young woman who also offered two children to be sexually abused for foreigners online.
This weekend’s successful rescues were the first conducted by IJM’s anti-trafficking police partners, the Women and Children’s Protection Centre of the Philippine National Police, on Samar Island. The rescued children are now safe and in the care of our social service partners, and IJM social workers will follow up to ensure they receive the long-term care that they need.
International Justice Mission protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. Our team has helped local officials combat sexual exploitation and abuse of children in the Philippines since 2001, and together we've brought hundreds of children and young women to freedom. Be part of good news stories like this by becoming a Freedom Partner today.
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