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Cybersex Trafficking

A form of modern slavery that was unimaginable before the digital age, cybersex trafficking is the live sexual abuse of children streamed via the internet. It is set up by adults who receive online payments from predators and paedophiles located anywhere in the world.

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Before the internet, customers had to travel to the Philippines. Traffickers recruited vulnerable teenagers and coerced them into sex work in bars or clubs. Now, paedophiles and predators can enter the homes of Filipino children through a simple internet connection. Victims tend to be young—some under 2 years old—and the traffickers tend to be trusted family members who earn quick cash by exploiting children in their care.

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 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 cyber-investigations and how to care for young survivors of cybersex trafficking. This crime 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.

In partnership with local law enforcement, we have rescued more than 1,275 children and women from sex trafficking in the Philippines.

More about the issue

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What is cybersex trafficking? Cybersex trafficking is the live-streaming sexual abuse of children viewed over the internet. We need your help to rescue these children and stop them from being exploited in the first place.

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Cassie's Story: Cassie moved to Manila when she was 12 with big dreams. What she found there was a nightmare. She was raped and forced to perform sex acts in front of a camera. Until her rescue.

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