One of the children was 9-year-old Jennifer*, daughter of the operator.At first she denied anything had happened in order to protect her mother, who had told her what to say if the police came.The Philippines has become the global epicentre of the live stream sexual abuse trade, and many of the victims are children.In the slums of Manila, a police raid of a child sexual exploitation operation illuminates the challenges the country faces in protecting vulnerable children and prosecuting their abusers.“This has been going on a few years now, but we’re seeing more and more cases,” says Sarah Norton-Staal, Chief of Child Protection at UNICEF Philippines.“Increased Internet access and cheaper devices have brought poor communities online.
UNICEF Philippines is conducting research on the issue, funding training for police and NGOs, helping to establish a national helpline, and advocating for stronger national policies.
It was just before midnight, and darkness permeated the surrounding narrow alleys as the officers entered with a search warrant.
Inside the small single room house, they found an unusual amount of computer equipment: laptops, webcams and a Wi-Fi router.
The standard of English is very high and child sex offenders have been visiting since the 1970s.
There’s a large Filipino diaspora that regularly sends money home from abroad.