Cebu a ‘trafficking hotspot’

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Written by Helen Madamba
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DUE to its status as a center for shipping and tourism in Central Visayas and the rest of the southern Philippines, Cebu remains vulnerable to foreign sex predators, an international non-government organization (NGO) said yesterday.
Dr. Alwin De Leon, country manager for Terre Des Hommes, said the series of raids and the number of rescued victims showed that Cebu is a target for human trafficking.
“The local government units (LGUs), provincial government and the community have been so open and cooperative with this issue compared to other provinces in the country,” de Leon said.
In April 2013, the NGO’s Netherlands office created a 10-year old virtual Filipina girl named “Sweetie” that joined a public chat room and drew 1,000 foreigners in a week.
Most of them came from Europe, Australia and the US.

Tourists
“We sent the data to the Interpol for investigation. There are 700,000 websites that are allegedly involved in this,” de Leon said.
Of the 1,000 who chatted “Sweetie” an Australian was arrested by authorities.
De Leon said their study entitled “Full Screen On View” showed that Cebu draws two million foreign and three million local tourists in Cebu from 2008 to 2010.
“The more tourists are coming in then the possibility of exploitation reports is there,” de Leon said.
He said most of the victims are minors whose families cannot afford to buy them food or send them to school.

Hotspot
De Leon said there are 7,617 children aged five years old that are sexually exploited.
“That is why we are also conducting orientations at hotels, motels, resorts and other establishments to teach them how to report and identify this kind of problem,” he said.
He said parents and the community should also be instilled with values that would encourage them to be vigilant in reporting sex predators to the authorities.
De Leon said they conducted trainings on capability building in Mandaue City, Lapu Lapu City and Cordova town and will schedule another activity in Bogo City.
Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said Cebu may have been named as one of six hotspots for trafficking in the country due to the number of publicized cases in the past few years.
“More or less, the number of cases are the same in other destinations. Trafficking is everywhere,” she said.
She said what makes Cebu province different is that the government and other NGOs have been actively waging war against trafficking.
“We are trying our best to send a message to perpetrators out there,” she said. 

Published in: Cebudailynews / Michelle Joy L.Padayhag, Victor Anthony V. Silva / 12:00 AM | Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Int’l group coordinates with locals vs. pedophilia

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Wednesday, 10 June 2015
Written by Helen Madamba
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THOUSANDS of pedophiles are operating worldwide, said international group Terre des Hommes Netherlands.
Hoping that pedophiles will not bring their operations to the Philippines, Terre des Hommes is partnering with the government and local organizations to stop pedophilia.
During the 888 News Forum yesterday, Dr. Alwin B. De Leon, Terre des Hommes Philippines country manager, said that the organization's head office in The Netherlands is extending financial assistance to groups advocating for the protection of children against child labor and child trafficking.
In Cebu, Terre des Hommes has partnered with the Children's Legal Bureau, The Share-A-Child Movement Inc., Bidlisiw Foundation, and Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors Inc.
“The main beneficiaries of our organization are the children who are victims, survivors, and at risk of child sex tourism and online child abuse.
Terre des Hommes is also eyeing the Rotary Club of Cebu East under Alastair Schurch as a new partner.

Cordova
The organization's program covers the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Naga and Toledo and the municipalities of Cordova, Consolacion, Argao and Balamban. Over the last few years, Cordova has been a venue for cybersex crimes.
De leon said that the Terre des Hommes will sponsor programs, services and activities that will prevent child exploitation.
Among the programs are: education for children, socio-economic development for vulnerable families, awareness campaigns, training for the public, vulnerable groups and government officials, and safe Internet use for children.
The organization is also willing to sponsor medical and psychological care, shelter and legal assistance, and income-generating opportunities to victims of child exploitation.

Research
Another program that the international group is interested in is a research on child sex tourism.
De leon added they are also helping in the prosecution of violators against children's rights and train the judicial sector focusing on Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) through online abuse and child sex tourism.
Terre des Hommes also provides aid to victims of CSEC while strengthening community watch groups or peer support groups that gather relevant information on suspected sexual exploitation of children.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 10, 2015.

Transportation

Category: BLOG Share a Child Movement
Published: Friday, 08 May 2015
Written by Administrator
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Van for Share a Child Movement Inc.We are coordinating to raise funds to buy a Mitsubishi L300 van which we need to travel up to the mountain barangays.  We cannot keep depending on the personal motorcycles of our staff and we cannot implement projects with our partner mountain barangays if we don't have this vehicle.  

This is something that we need for doing our work and which will help us significantly. All the donations are welcome to support us. 

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