Perpetrators in western countries lure Filipinos to sexually abuse children and to offer the images or videos of the exploitation online. Much of this abuse is livestreamed as the perpetrators—sex offenders—direct the crime remotely.
The first cases of online child sexual exploitation in the Philippines were reported in 2011. In 2019, a study led by IJM confirmed that the Philippines had become a hotspot of online sexual exploitation of children.
We help build the capacity of the Philippine justice system in areas such as training, advocating for resources, and collaborating with the government in casework pertaining to online child sexual exploitation.
We join hands with churches, media, and communication to tell the stories that must be told and to advocate for the needed changes in policies and laws. So that there will be no place in our country where online child abuse can survive.
We support survivors as they advocate for change and transformation in the justice system and in our society with their powerful voices and stories.
The work of justice is scaled through on-the-ground implementing partners who initiate projects and campaigns against the online sexual exploitation of children.