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Online Sexual Exploitation of Children is Rising

Will you help us find and free children and stop their abusers?

The livestreaming of sexual abuse of children
is increasing during the pandemic.

“Livestreaming of child sexual abuse continues to increase, becoming even more popular than usual during the COVID-19 crisis, when travel restrictions prevented offenders from physically abusing children."
- EUROPOL

The UK is the third largest global consumer of livestreamed abuse.
Lockdown means UK online sex offenders are at home and online, able to demand and pay for the abuse of young children in places like the Philippines.

Children are urgently in need of rescue.

BBC Today Programme Reports Rise in Online Abuse

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

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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".

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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 teams continue to find and free children from exploitation

IJM Philippines have already supported many rescue operations during the pandemic, 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. IJM is urgently working alongside law enforcement to find these vulnerable children and bring them to safety.

We've helped find and free over 100 children from OSEC in 2020, including operations during Covid-19 lockdowns.

Will you help find these children?

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
Will you help find these children?

The power of your donation:

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

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.

There is hope.

Your support makes it possible to find and free children. Making stories like Joy's possible.
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