Child sexual exploitation is rampant in the Philippines. Here’s what the youth can do protect themselves
A friend was scrolling through a porn website when he stumbled upon a disturbing discovery. Before he could type anything, the site’s search bar provided suggestions based on recent searches from other people in the country. One of the suggestions they saw was the name of a local celebrity’s six-year-old daughter. My friend could not bear to click the link, so it is unknown what kinds of videos turn up when the suggestion is clicked. But the mere fact that there are people searching for videos with this kind of content is enough to make one’s stomach turn.
This is the devastating reality we live in. UNICEF has tagged the Philippines as the “global epicentre of the live-stream sexual abuse trade,” with victims consisting largely of children. In fact, UNICEF estimates that up to 100,000 Filipino children — 80 percent of whom are girls — are involved in prostitution yearly.