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Shares of British retailer Boohoo slump over 'sweatshop' claims

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Boohoo's image takes a battering amid allegations that textile workers – many of them from minority ethnic groups – were pressured into working despite the coronavirus crisis

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 30, 2020 the online fashion portal Boohoo is pictured on a laptop in London. - Boohoo has announced it will launch an independent review of its UK supply chain on July 8, 2020. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Cops arrest online sex trafficker in Taguig who abused own son, sister

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'One of the victims was a differently abled 27-year-old deaf female, the younger sister of the suspect and who is also the mother of some of the children rescued,' says Police Colonel Sheila Portento

SAVED. Police in personal protective equipment rescue 8 people, including this child, from an online sex trafficker in Taguig City on June 17, 2020. Photo from IJM

Mother arrested for livestreaming sexual abuse of own children

May 30, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The 35-year-old mother faces charges of child trafficking which is punishable by life imprisonment

ARRESTED. Mother is arrested for the online sexual exploitation of her 3 children and 1 niece, all of them minors. Photo courtesy of IJM

Reports of sexual abuse of children triple during lockdown

May 25, 2020 - 6:13 PM

The justice department receives nearly 280,000 reports from March to May. It blames telecommunications companies for not proactively blocking access to forms of online sexual exploitation of children


Police arrest online sex trafficker in Butuan City

May 23, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Victims, including children, are rescued in an operation made possible by information from Australian police

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Liza Soberano uses platform to speak up against internet-based child abuse

May 22, 2020 - 8:56 PM

The actress admits she wished she used her platform earlier in creating awareness on the issue of online sexual exploitation of children

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Online sexual exploitation of children in PH tripled in 3 years – study

May 21, 2020 - 8:06 PM

Technology to detect livestreamed abuse has yet to be developed or utilized by internet service providers, according to the International Justice Mission

Photo from IJM

Child sex abuse material now peddled for as low as P100 on Twitter

May 21, 2020 - 5:03 PM

(UPDATED) PART 2 | EXCLUSIVE: Child sexual abuse has gone from the obscurity of the dark web into free and widely-used social media platforms

Alter Twitter’s awful side: Leaked private sex videos for sale

May 20, 2020 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) PART 1 | EXCLUSIVE: Victims are left helpless while their private videos are spread online and sold by anonymous Twitter accounts patronized by thousands of followers

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

'Trapped with abusers,' 7 kids rescued from sex trafficker in Luzon

Apr 25, 2020 - 11:05 AM

'One unintended consequence of [the lockdown] is that vulnerable children are being trapped with abusers and traffickers in their homes,' says the International Justice Mission

8 children, baby rescued from online sexual exploitation in Pampanga and Laguna

Feb 24, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Three children are rescued in Angeles, Pampanga, while another 5 children and a 25-day old baby were rescued in San Pedro, Laguna

RESCUE OPERATIONS. Operations against the online sexual exploitation of children occur in Pampanga and Laguna. Photo from International Justice Mission.

FAST FACTS: Why online sexual exploitation of children happens in the Philippines

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:11 PM

On Safer Internet Day, government officials promise continuous training of front liners to rescue victims of online sexual exploitation

Europe's most wanted online sex offender gets 20 years in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Nelson Siacor Torayno is also ordered to pay P2 million in fines

CONVICTED. Nelson Siacor Torayno is convicted to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children. Photo by the International Justice Mission

South Cotabato police arrest aunt offering nieces for online sex

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Police rescue 5 girls aged 5 to 15 from the woman suspect

CRIME SCENE. Police cordon off the home of the suspect after the operation. IJM photo

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Online sexual exploitation of children is a family business

Nov 30, 2019 - 9:29 AM

In 2018, the Department of Justice Office of Cybercrime received more than 600,000 tips of images and videos of naked, sexualized, and abused Filipino children. This marked a 1,300% increase from the previous year.

JAILED. A woman charged with online sexual exploitation of children is detained in Camp Crame. Photo by Ana P. Santos

Italian child sex offender arrested in Davao City

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Lorenzo Marchesi 'was believed to be engaging children online to lure and groom them for both online and in-person sexual exploitation,' says the International Justice Mission

ARRESTED. Police handcuff Lorenzo Marchesi at the holding facility of the Bureau of Immigration in Davao City. Photo from International Justice Mission

Former students sue James Franco over alleged sexual exploitation

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Two former students file a lawsuit against the actor over his 'inappropriate, sexually-charged behavior' as an acting school teacher

Europe's most wanted online child sex offender nabbed in Cebu

Jul 25, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The arrest of Nelson Siacor Torayno, a 32-year-old Filipino, was kept from the public for months following his arrest due to ongoing investigations, according to the International Justice Mission

FACE OF EVIL. Nelson Torayno allegedly raped his child victims, filmed the attacks, and sold the videos on the dark web. Photo from the International Justice Mission

Iligan mother arrested for offering children for online sexual exploitation

May 03, 2019 - 7:35 PM

She offered her 5-year-old son for online sexual abuse before being captured by the Philippine National Police

ARRESTED. The mother is arrested by police at her home in Iligan City. Photo from IJM

Philippines, UK, Australia launch center vs online child exploitation

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Most child exploitation cases involve Filipino children and men from other countries. Authorities hope to stop this 'increasingly prevalent' crime.

NEW CENTER. The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center is inaugurated at the Philippine National Police national headquarters Camp Crame. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

2 girls rescued from online sexual exploitation in Caloocan

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:04 PM

The siblings, aged 5 and 11, are now in the care of the Department of Social Welfare and Development

Children in Boracay still vulnerable to sexual exploitation

Oct 07, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Child safety watchdog ECPAT Philippines urges Malay officials to ensure that 'child protection mechanisms are in place and functioning' when Boracay reopens to tourists on October 26

BORACAY SUNSET. Children watch the sunset in famed Boracay island. Children in tourist destinations are vulnerable to child sex tourism. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Localizing response to prevent online sexual exploitation of children

Jun 27, 2018 - 5:26 PM

AlamBaU provides audience-specific materials on preventing OSEC that target kids, teens, parents, and teachers

STOLEN: Pretty Girls

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:32 PM

They were groomed, abused, and sold online. Now the children tell their story.

Cops catch mother selling her own children for sexual exploitation

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The suspect reportedly asked for P15,000 for each child to take part in a sexual 'show'

RESCUE OPERATION. Cops and social workers save children from being sold for sexual exploitation. Photo by International Justice Mission

This champ uses jiu-jitsu to help victims of child sex abuse

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:31 PM

World champion Meggie Ochoa finds her life's purpose in jiu-jitsu

CHAMPION. Meggie Ochoa is not just a champion in jiu-jitsu but also a champion of children who have been abused and traumatized. Photo by Rappler


Child footballers 'offered boots and underwear for sex work'

Mar 30, 2018 - 1:19 PM

A scandal in Argentina reveals that young players for football giant Independiente prostitute themselves to adult men

EXPLOITATION. Young footballers in Buenos Aires, Argentina have been encouraged to prostitute themselves to adult men in exchange for a pair of boots or underwear. Photo by Shutterstock


U.S., PH form anti-transnational crimes unit to battle child abuse

Mar 10, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Transnational Criminal Investigation Unit is composed of 22 US-trained Philippine cops

US-TRAINED. The Philippine Transnational Crimes Investigation Unit undergoes a three-week training course in Georgia, USA. Photo from the US Embassy in the Philippines

Philippines top global source of child pornography – Unicef

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:58 AM

8 out of 10 Filipino children at risk of online sexual abuse or bullying

TOP SOURCE. Unicef says the Philippines is a leading global source of child pornography.

Online child exploitation rampant in Cebu

Nov 28, 2017 - 5:39 PM

Easier access to the internet has aided online child exploitation in the outskirts of Cebu province, say child's rights advocates

PROTECT CHILDREN From left, CLB Project Coordinator Earl Anthony Tapayan; Stephanie Lim, litigation and advocacy staff of CLB; and 888 News Forum host Art Barit. Photo by Mars W. Mosqueda Jr/Rappler

Whang-od's family urges public: 'Stop the negativity'

Oct 24, 2017 - 11:40 AM

'Ang masasabi ko lang, sana nandoon sila sa event para alam nila. Hindi tayo sana mapanghusga,' says Grace Palicas, Apo Whang-od's grandniece

LEGEND. Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang Od Oggay went to Manila FAME from October 21 to 22. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Whang-od not 'exploited,' says Manila FAME organizers

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Manila FAME organizers fly in Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang Od to Manila to endorse her nomination to the National Living Treasure Awards

MANILA FAME. Filipino tattoo artist Apo Whang Od graced Manila Fame with her presence and did live tattoo sessions for two days. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler.

Leaving the sex industry and starting anew

Jul 30, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Danica who became a sex worker at 12 years old recalls her ordeal and how she began a new life

YOUNG. Danica is just one of the thousands of child victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Philippines. All photos from Joy Maluyo/World Vision

Woman nabbed in Bohol for using girls in cybersex

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Authorities rescue 4 girls among them two minors who were forced to perform livestreamed sexual acts for foreigners

2-year-old victim of online sex trafficking rescued in Iligan

Jun 03, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Authorities catch the suspects live streaming sexual abuse of Filipino minors

RESCUED. Minors ages 2, 6, 8 and 13 are rescued from this online sex den in Iligan City. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission (IJM)

U.S. to provide $3.5 million to help PH combat child trafficking

Apr 11, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Under the agreement signed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and US Chargé d Affaires Michael Klecheski NGOs will have their share of the fund

ANTI-CHILD TRAFFICKING. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and US Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski sign the child protection compact (CPC) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ

DepEd seeks justice for raped students

Mar 29, 2017 - 12:02 PM

UPDATED The education department also asks the community to be vigilant and proactive in preventing and deterring incidents that result in the abuse exploitation and discrimination against children

US Homeland Security thanks PH for helping catch pedophile

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Agents of the Philippines Department of Justice are commended for assisting US authorities in the case of American Calvin Bernhardt who was convicted of child pornography and child exploitation

Interpol says 10,000th victim of child sex abuse rescued

Jan 09, 2017 - 10:12 PM

Using the worldwide database investigators analyze millions of images found on suspects computers or spotted on the internet

FIGHTING CHILD SEX EXPLOITATION. Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock addresses the 43rd Regional European Interpol Conference in Bucharest on May 19, 2015. File photo by AFP

Australian pedophile, 6 others indicted for sexual abuse

Sep 13, 2016 - 10:12 PM

The justice department files criminal charges against Peter Scully and 6 others for sexually abusing young children in Mindanao and uploading videos for their clients in Europe

INDICTED. Australian pedophile Peter Scully and 6 others face criminal charges for sexually abusing and exploiting Filipino children. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Mother Teresa's legacy under cloud as sainthood nears

Sep 03, 2016 - 7:33 PM

In the Indian city where she rose to fame claims of medical negligence and financial mismanagement at her care homes threaten to cloud her legacy

HOMETOWN PRIDE. Indian nuns from the Catholic Order of the Missionaries of Charity walk past the gift shop of the Mother House on the eve of the canonization of Mother Teresa in Rome, in Kolkata on September 2, 2016. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

130 million girls in South Asia in ‘forced marriage’ – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Forced and child marriage persists in countries throughout the region particularly in India Bangladesh Nepal Pakistan and Indonesia says the Global Slavery Index

NAIVE. A young Indian couple exchange garlands during their engagement ceremony at a mass marriage and engagement ceremony in Vadia village, around 250 km of Ahmedabad, India, 11 March 2012. Photo by Divyakant Solanki/EPA

Value of environmental crime at record-high $258B – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling counterfeiting and human trafficking

ILLEGAL LOGGING. This picture taken in a forest close to Rantoe Panjang Bidari village, East Aceh on April 21, 2016 shows Indonesian policemen conducting an operation to crack down on illegal logging.  File photo by AFP

Nearly 50,000 sexual exploitation victims in Guatemala – report

May 27, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Organized criminal groups make an estimated 1 6 billion a year from sexual exploitation in Guatemala equivalent to 2 7 of the country s GDP the report reveals

PROSTITUTION. General view of a zone known as 'La Linea' (The Line), in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This location just passed the railroad is one of the most popular zones of prostitution in the city. File photo by Saul Martinez/EPA

Global child sex tourism rising, thwarting efforts to fight it – study

May 13, 2016 - 1:00 AM

No region is untouched by this crime says a landmark report backed by the United Nations

China court jails religious 'cult' leader for life

Oct 31, 2015 - 3:28 PM

Wu seduced dozens of women by telling them sex with him could give them supernatural power

Penalty awaits ISPs not blocking child porn sites – DOJ

Sep 01, 2015 - 8:00 PM

ISPs that fail to do this will be fined P500 000 to P1 million on first offense; P1 million to P2 million with revocation of license to operate for subsequent offenses

US authorities to other victims of fake modeling agent: 'Come forward'

Aug 16, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Filipino American Maverick Mendez Rosales 24 allegedly took nude photos of the women while posing as a modeling agent and used the photos as blackmail for sexual favors and money

Researchers discover password-stealing exploits for iOS, OS X

Jun 19, 2015 - 10:00 AM

An academic paper from researchers at Indiana University Peking University and the Georgia Institute of Technology explains the exploit in further detail