MANILA, Philippines — To aid the country's fight against online sexual abuse and exploitation of…
The government will fight online child abuse with vigor.
Following two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government will make every effort to curb the rising instances of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC), along with boosting internet connectivity even in the low-income bracket of society.
The DOJ announced on Tuesday that numerous agencies will pursue people who directly or indirectly facilitate OSEC activities.
During the inter-agency press conference against OSEC in Malacanang, DOJ Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla declared, “The only sure deterrent would be certainty of punishment for those who will insist on exploiting children.”
Erwin Tulfo, secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), stated that parents are occasionally complicit in the maltreatment of their children.
“If you visit a website about a bata, an overseas pedophile, you may learn that the bata are bagama’t walang mga mukha, tinatakpan, bini-blur, but pinagsasayaw-sayaw hubo’t hubad iyong bata. If this is the case, you may learn that the bata are. For everyone’s information, there is an online site that contains images of naked children. Unfortunately, the videos being taken by the youngsters in the films are their own parents at ibinibenta. Foreign pedophiles force them to dance naked. Sadly, it is the parents that take the videos and sell them “explained Tulfo.
The Philippines was found to be the leading “maker” of child sexual abuse materials, according to data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is kept by the United States. This number increased from 1.3 million in 2020 to 3.1 million in 2021.
According to Tulfo, one of the reasons for such abuses is poverty and all of the problems that come with it.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has 46 ongoing investigations into child pornography as of 2019, according to Director Medardo De Lemos, and 29 convictions in OSEC cases.
According to him, the NBI has set up groups for tracking and combating human trafficking and assigned point people across the nation for the online surveillance of OSEC cases.
Because the victims are here and the predators are abroad, De Lemos added, “we are coordinating with our peers outside the country and payment centers where the money is coursed through.”
Remulla claimed that the Anti-Money Laundering Council is pursuing the money trail of payments for child abuse and pornographic film streaming.
Also being discussed are the installation of security measures by telecommunications and internet service providers.
Tulfo, a representative of the DSWD, stated that after the victims are freed from their abusers, the Council for the Welfare of Children will take custody of them.
You (abusers) won’t ever see them again because we will take care of them, he assured.
Rising OSEC cases in the nation, according to Remulla, are “a source of shame,” and the administration is dedicated to putting an end to them.
He declared, “We will do everything that can be done,” and added, “We are not leaving any stone unturned.”
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