LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Technological advances, including the spread of high-speed internet, have fueled a surge in the Philippines of the sexual abuse of children as young as one years old in front of a live webcam, an anti-slavery group said.
Victims of this crime are often much younger than those trapped in other forms of modern slavery, said International Justice Mission (IJM), which started a campaign this week to raise awareness about cybersex trafficking.
The business is so lucrative that some villagers have given up fishing and factory work. Poverty and growing digital infrastructure In Southeast Asia, the cybersex industry is growing rapidly.
In countries like the Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, abject poverty and a growing digital infrastructure are contributing to its expansion.
Reporting by Ed Upright, Editing by Katie Nguyen.; Please credit Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking and climate change.
The EFF points us to the news of the Philippines signing into law the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which has a number of interesting and worrisome provisions.
IJM, whose campaign is called #Not On My Screen, said cybersex trafficking is a relatively low risk crime since it is committed in private in the home.