Fight child sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation — DSWD

February 18, 2014 10:18 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 18 — “I am looking forward to the day that we will no longer have activities like this because there will be no more victims of child sexual abuse."

This was the message of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon J. Soliman during the Sunset Walk for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Commercial Sexual Exploitation held on Feb. 15 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

The Walk culminated the celebration of the 18th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Commercial Sexual Exploitation on February 8 to 15, with the theme, “Proteksyon ng Bata…Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa”.

Soliman also urged the public to be vigilant and united against the fight against child-sexual-abuse and commercial child exploitation.

DSWD has served a total of 150 cases of child pornography and cyber pornography from 2010 to 2013. They were provided with protective custody, psychosocial, legal, financial, educational and spiritual services.

Recently, the Terres de Hommes Netherlands exploratory study on the background and psychosocial consequences of web cam tourism in the Philippines revealed that the Philippines’ online child sex tourism trade is flourishing.

According to the study, this phenomenon remained undiscovered until 2011 when the country successfully prosecuted its first case against a Swedish national and three Filipinos.

Aside from the Sunset Walk, other activities conducted during the week-long event were Fun and Learning Day with Children organized by End Child Prostitution Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT Philippines) and Ateneo-TUGON and a Policy Forum on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in the Cyberspace.

Based on Proclamation No. 731, series of 1996, the 18th National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation, the Council for the Welfare of Children, an attached agency of the DSWD, is mandated to coordinate the implementation and enforcement of all laws, and to formulate, monitor and evaluate policies, programs and measures for children. (PNA)

LGI/LSJ/DSWD-PR

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