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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

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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

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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

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


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.

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

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

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

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

Another alleged victim of Australian pedophile surfaces

Mar 19, 2015 - 6:40 PM

The 9 year old child claims her own mother introduced her to Peter Scully

ADDITIONAL CHARGES. Following the discovery of more victims of Peter Scully, authorities are preparing additional charges of rape and trafficking against the Australian national. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

6 more victims of Australian pedophile identified

Mar 10, 2015 - 5:19 PM

Peter Scully s live in partner now in jail on charges of 3 counts of rape and one count of human trafficking is seeking to be a state witness

ADDITIONAL CHARGES. Following the discovery of more victims of Peter Scully, authorities are preparing additional charges of rape and trafficking against the Australian national. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

13-year-old girl: 'Uncle Peter' Scully sold me for P100,000

Mar 05, 2015 - 7:33 PM

One of the 8 victims who spoke to the National Bureau of Investigation details how the Australian national abused her and two other girls aged 1 and 5

Kids aren't supposed to be for sex

Feb 26, 2015 - 6:23 PM

Citizens are advised to be more proactive in preventing child abuse

Online child abuse moving to Skype, Bitcoin – Europol

Feb 24, 2015 - 10:46 PM

The sale of child abuse live streams over legitimate chat sites or video chat apps is much harder to trace than when the abuse is sold from a website

Porn in US a ‘public health crisis'

May 16, 2014 - 10:53 AM

A US specialist on sexual trauma says pornography has been a factor in every case of sexual violence that she has treated as a psychotherapist

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Google to fight child pornography online

Jun 17, 2013 - 1:06 PM

Google is continuing its efforts to stamp out child sexual exploitation online

STAMPING OUT CHILD PORN. Google works to remove child pornography on the Internet