shield arrow-simple-alt-top arrow-simple-alt-left arrow-simple-alt-right arrow-simple-alt-bottom facebook instagram linkedin medium pinterest rss search-alt shaper twitter video-play arrow-long-right arrow-long-left arrow-long-top arrow-long-bottom arrow-simple-right arrow-simple-left arrow-simple-bottom readio arrow-simple-top speaker-down plus minus cloud hb pin camera globe cart rotate Group-35 star edit arrow-top arrow-right arrow-left arrow-bottom check search Close square speaker-up speaker-mute return play pause love new-tab equalizer

Trafficker receives four life sentences for online sexual exploitation of children

December 2023


A woman in the Philippines has just been given four life sentences for child trafficking and abuse.

“This stands out as one of the most robust sentences we, at IJM, have witnessed in a conviction for a case of online sexual exploitation of children.

"Convictions like this help to intensify deterrence for this crime,” said IJM Cebu Director and lawyer Lucille Dejito.

The case stemmed from the arrest of a Swedish national involved in paying for child sexual exploitation material from the Philippines.

The Nordic Police Liaison in Manila passed on information to the Philippine National Police, who arrested the 32-year-old trafficker.

Social workers helped bring the woman’s six-year-old son and a female toddler who was under her care to safety.

IJM provided technical and legal support during the investigation and was consulted by government prosecutors during the early stages of the trial.

“This conviction is another testament to the government’s relentless effort in combatting and ending trafficking in persons, especially the online sexual exploitation of children,” Regional Prosecutor Janet Grace Dalisay-Fabrero said.

The trafficking of children to produce child sexual exploitation materials, including livestreamed abuse, is widespread in the Philippines.

IJM’s Scale of Harm study estimates that nearly half a million Filipino children were victims of this crime in 2022 alone.

You might also be interested in…

About Stories see more
IJM, Meta, NCMEC, UN and partners deliver training in Côte d’Ivoire to stop online child abuse

IJM, NCMEC, Meta Platforms Inc., UNODC, Homeland Security Investigations, Snap Inc. and other partners are training law enforcement in Côte d’Ivoire to identify sex offenders and protect children from exploitation online.

IJM supports Philippine president’s directive to combat online sexual exploitation of children

IJM has recommended concrete steps in support of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s directive to step up efforts against online sexual exploitation of children.

Crystal: a shining example of hope after trafficking and abuse

Hope is infectious. Four years ago, Crystal* found hope when she was brought to safety from online sexual exploitation, alongside 10 other children. Today, with support from IJM and people like you, Crystal is advocating to stop this crime and giving hope to more children trapped in abuse.

“I want to let others know how I endured my past.” - Zoey's story

Zoey* overcame child trafficking and abuse. Today, she's passionate about sharing her story to help protect more children.

You Can Help Send Rescue Today.

When you give a gift today, you’ll be fighting slavery, violence, and injustice across the globe. Together, we can end slavery and violence in our lifetime.

You can make the most impact as a Freedom Partner today.

Your generous monthly support will help send rescue to vulnerable children and families at a moment’s notice, stand with them as they rebuild their lives in freedom and have perpetrators held accountable.


Donor Portal

Review your giving, tax statements and contact info via the IJM Donor Portal.

please sign in
Email Sign Up
Get updates from IJM on stories from the field, events in your area and opportunities to get involved.
sign up