CEBU, THE PHILIPPINES
8 March 2018
As the sun’s first light filtered into a nondescript home in Tacloban City, Philippines, an adult spent the early hours chatting online. What she was doing looked harmless but was in fact repulsive: offering to take money from foreigners to stream live sexual abuse of children in her house. But on that day, no children would be abused. Agents from the Philippine National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) arrived to arrest the suspected trafficker and two others. The children were safe.
They are now receiving aftercare and social services.
The reality of cybersex trafficking is devastating: Pedophiles located around the world can pay to watch and direct live sexual abuse of young boys and girls online. Victims can be exploited anywhere with a computer and a webcam—but the abuse is anything but virtual. The traumatic effects on children are devastating, from the sex acts they are made to perform on camera, and the betrayal by trusted caregivers.
Fighting this complex crime requires close collaboration between international law enforcement and Philippine authorities to ensure that criminals are caught and brought to justice on both sides of the exploitation—from traffickers and recruiters in remote regions of the Philippines, to foreign customers in the US, Europe, Canada and Australia.
NBI’s Chief of the Anti-Trafficking Division, Janet Francisco, hailed the successful operations.
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