Agents from the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) Anti-Human Trafficking Division rescued five children in Taguig City suspected of having been compelled by their parents to participate in cybersex operations.
According to a report on “24 Oras,” the victims’ parents were detained, and some of their operations’ equipment, illegal substances, and sex toys were confiscated.
“Sariling nanay nila binubugaw sila at kinukuhanan ng litrato at video at binebenta online kapalit ng pera pati mga menor de edad na kapitbahay niya ay binubugaw niya rin,” said NBI Spokesperson Atty. Giselle Garcia-Dumlao.
(Their own mother pimps them and takes photos and videos, sells them online in exchange for money, and pimps minor neighbors.)
The victims claimed their parents, who are reported to be 4Ps aid recipients, have been running cybersex operations since 2017. The suspects then professed profound contrition.
“Pakakasalan daw po yung anak ko, uuwi dito, parang naano po kami sa perang pinapadala niya. Sa sobrang kagipitan sir, kaya po nagawa yun,” a suspect explained.
(He said that he would marry my daughter and come home here. We were enticed by the money he was sending. Sir, that’s why it was done.)
4Ps parents caught forcing their children to cybersex
According to data obtained by GMA News from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the amount of child sexual abuse materials published on the internet from the Philippines surged about fourfold, or 290%, between 2019 and 2021.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment, trafficking and online sexual abuse are the worst forms of child labor (DOLE).
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), more than 500,000 child laborers are among the 31.17 million adolescents aged 5-17. The majority are in Northern Mindanao, Bicol, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), where poverty is blamed.
DOLE, on the other hand, is currently cooperating with several agencies and government departments to fight child labor, cybersex and trafficking.
“Nagkaroon kami ng coordination ng Technical Education And Skills Development (TESDA), para mabigyan ng kailangan sila ng kailangan nilang skills development. Yung iba naman nireferer sa ating partners sa local government at nakikipag-coordinate din kami sa Department of Education (DepEd),” said Ryan Delos Reyes Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program of DOLE.