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Cybersex Trafficking

A form of modern slavery that was unimaginable before the digital age. Cybersex trafficking - or online sexual exploitation of children – sees children sexually abused via livestream for sex offenders to watch online.

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A young boy dreams of being a superhero. But those who should protect him, don’t. He cannot escape the evil in his home.

Maarko was a victim of cybersex trafficking. This is his story.

In partnership with local law enforcement, we have rescued more than 1,300 children and women from sex trafficking in the Philippines. Sex trafficking has plummeted between 75% and 86% in the cities we have worked.

Before the internet, customers looking to abuse or traffick children had to travel to the Philippines.

Traffickers recruited vulnerable teenagers and coerced them to work in bars or clubs. But now predators can enter the homes of Filipino children through a simple internet connection, directing and paying for livestreamed abuse. Tragically, victims tend to be young—some under 2 years old—and the traffickers are often family members. According to UK National Crime Agency, the UK is the third largest global consumer of livestreamed abuse.

Since IJM started working in the Philippines in 2000, the government has made rapid strides to stop traffickers from exploiting children in the commercial sex trade—closing bars that sell or traffic children for sex and bringing pimps to justice.

Studies have shown the number of children available for purchase on streets and in bars once notorious for sex trafficking has plummeted between 75% and 86% in the cities where IJM has worked.

Now the authorities need specialised training on cybersex trafficking related investigations and how to care for young survivors of cybersex trafficking.

Cybersex trafficking will keep spreading until communities start to see consequences and traffickers responsible for the sexual exploitation of children are restrained.

The number of children available for commercial sex plummeted by 86% in the four years that IJM worked alongside authorities in Pampanga.

The number of children available for commercial sex plummeted by 75% in Metro Manila, after seven years of IJM's work alongside authorities.

After four years of IJM's partnership with local authorities in Cebu, the Philippines, outside auditors documented a stunning 79% decrease in the availability of children for commercial sex.

When 12-year-old Cassie moved to Manila, she had big dreams.

But what she found there was a nightmare. She was raped in front of a camera for a paying audience.

Will you send rescue to children like Cassie?

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