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Online Sexual Exploitation of Children is Rising in Lockdown

Will you help us rescue children at risk and stop their abusers?

The livestreaming of sexual abuse of children
is increasing during lockdown.

Home should be the safest place.
Yet many children in the Philippines are trapped indoors with their abusers,
while Western sex offenders are spending more time online.
Children are urgently in need of rescue.

29 May 2020 BBC Today Programme Reports Rise in Online Abuse

Mike Thomson investigates the worldwide increase in online abuse and sexual exploitation of children since lockdowns began for the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme on the 29th May. Fast forward to 34.30 minutes to listen in to his interview with IJM Philippines Director, John Tanagho.


BBC News exposes the shocking rise in online child abuse rising during lockdown

In this article by Mike Thomson, which features IJM's research, the BBC reports that "obscene online material more than doubled globally to more than four million between March and April".

Read Article

BBC Radio 4 Fileon4 Uncovers Covid's Impact on Crime, including the rise of OSEC

"Increased isolation and less supervision makes children more vulnerable than ever before" IJM Philippines Director, John Tanagho, shares with investigative reporter Paul Connolly for File on 4, how the Covid-19 lockdowns have increased online child sexual abuse and impacted the hidden world of crime.

Listen from 28 minutes in.

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Help our rescue teams continue to find and free children #UnsafeInLockdown

IJM Philippines have already supported 10 rescue operations since lockdown began, bringing children as young as 3 months old into safety.

Law enforcement around the world are seeing increases in demand for child sexual exploitation materials, with some of these websites crashing from increased traffic. IJM is urgently working alongside law enforcement to find these vulnerable children and bring them to safety.

We've already supported more than 10 rescue operations since lockdown started.

Will you help find these children?

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until June 21st which means your donation is doubled at no extra cost to you!

Maarko was just a kid who dreamed of being a superhero

Maarko was forced into cybersex trafficking by someone in his own home. And while Maarko was naked in front of the webcam, he imagined ways to escape, he dreamed of being Superman. If he were Superman, he would fight all crime. Then he would get rid of all evil. Then he would… But he couldn't do anything. Watch his story in the video:

Help children like Maarko
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We need you to make sure that IJM teams and our law enforcement partners on the frontlines - those investigating this crime - have the resources they need to find children and stop abusers.

Why would online sexual exploitation of children increase with COVID-19?

Evidence points to a rise in reports of online sexual exploitation of children during lockdown.

In the Philippines—the global hotspot for live-streamed online sexual exploitation of children - reports of all types of online child exploitation more than tripled from January to March this year, according to new data released by the Philippines Department of Justice Office of Cybercrime.

'The pandemic is creating a perfect storm for online child sex offenders. While lockdowns can help prevent infection, they can also trap vulnerable children at home with their traffickers in places like the Philippines and - at the same time – online customers in countries like the UK and US are at home with easy access to social media and live-streaming apps.’

David Westlake CEO IJM UK
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