Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) is a borderless crime, and the Philippines has been identified as a major supplier of child pornographic material.
In 2022 alone, half a million Filipino children, or roughly 1 in 100 children, were identified to have been trafficked to produce child sexual exploitation material (CSEM), according to estimates from a prevalence study by the International Justice Mission (IJM) and the University of Nottingham Rights Lab. In this type of crime, a local trafficker sexually abuses a Filipino child in person while a foreign offender, typically from Western or developed countries, watches the abuse happen in real-time in a video call.
2023 Source: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/scale-of-harm
Back in 2020, Football for Humanity established a nationwide operation in the Philippines, combatting Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC). We use sport and play as a tactical, educational and preventive measure to safeguard children from harm while proactively disrupting creative attempts from perpetrators engaging children.
In 2021, the iNews in the UK featured Football for Humanity, highlighting the ‘Secret pandemic’ of child sexual abuse in the Philippines, where families exploit their own children for money.
We work with thousands of children, parents, guardians and community leaders while spreading awareness of child sex trafficking in collaboration with the British and Australian Embassy, the Department of Justice, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Law Enforcement, and the largest telecoms at PLDT and SMART. Unfortunately, this crime against children is rapidly growing, with over a billion child sexual abuse images and videos intercepted in 2023. We must continue reaching as many children in the community as possible so they can take immediate action and be safeguarded.
The OSAEC operation is aligned with the “Anti-Online Sexual Abuse or Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) and Anti-Child Sexual Abuse or Exploitation Materials (CSAEM) Act. This REPUBLIC ACT NO. 11930 was executed into Philippine law on 30 July 2022.
Due to the rapid spread of child sex trafficking and the demand for the OSAEC operation, we urgently need your help so we can contiune reaching thousands more children nationwide. Your gift will directly fund new balls, education programmes, and the creation of new commnuities where children have access to critical support networks.
Your help defends children’s rights and freedom but also helps us counter-attack the bad guys.