Pandemic boosts incidence of online sexual abuse of children

The United Nations Children’s Fund reported COVID-19 has exacerbated the incidence of online sexual abuse and exploitation in the country.

UNICEF’s representative to the Philippines said, “The fight against online sexual abuse and exploitation is everybody’s fight. Every child has the right to survive and thrive in a safe and secure environment, whether online or offline.”

Another organization, the Child Rights Network, has said too that the country’s laws to address online sexual exploitation of children have failed to address the growing problem.

CRN stated there is no “all-encompassing” legislation that states the scope of online sexual exploitation of children activities, from recruitment, participation in the crime as well as in setting penalties.

Those who witness online sexual abuse of children must report immediately to child support organizations such as Action Against Human Trafficking at 1343, Bantay Bata at 163 and the Philippine Red Cross at 143.

Source: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2021/01/03/2067888/covid-19-crisis-forcing-students-online-sex-continue-schooling-senator

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