in the Philippines, children lost to online rape

in the Philippines, children lost to online rape

Their little hands shredded the seats on which these three children were sitting. Pieces of yellow foam dot the floor of the playroom. For an hour, sitting on their poufs, Diwa, 11, her 8-year-old adoptive brother and her 6-year-old cousin told the unspeakable. How their parents raped them for Europeans who watched live on the internet and purchased their humiliation behind closed doors in a house in a city on the largest island in the Philippines. Their story, stammered between tears and hesitations in Tagalog – the local language, brings out English words: “Sex-toy”, “Paypal”, “Daddy Dave”… In the room, the tropical sultryness of December makes the air unbreathable, unless it is the thickness of the trauma of these children.

Diwa, in the center, surrounded by her little cousin (on the left) and her adoptive brother (on the right).  They testify to the rapes suffered, in the game room of the Preda foundation which collected them, in the region of Olongapo, in the Philippines, on December 10, 2022.

It is a crime still unknown in France and in full expansion. The French police speak of “live streaming”, “i.e. a phenomenon which appeared in 2012 and which consists in broadcasting by webcam for commercial purposes videos of sexual violence committed by adults against children. The sponsor often prescribes a scenario of facts to match the realization of his fantasies. An industry particularly developed in the countries of South Asia, where this activity constitutes an alternative to misery”, they analyze in an internal report. Filipinos prefer the acronym “OSEC” – Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (“online sexual exploitation of children”) to the term “child ****ography”, which could infer some consent from the child to the abuse practiced on him.

There, the International Justice Mission (IJM), an international organization at the forefront of the fight against this violence, claims “bring criminals to justice”. She warns of the worrying statistics of live streaming, which have tripled in three years. In a 2020 report, the IJM writes that reports come eight times more from the Philippines than from other “producer” countries, such as Brazil, Mexico or India. In 41% of cases, the rapes are committed by the biological parents, and in 42% by relatives, which makes it a predominantly incestuous crime. 11,000 kilometers away, in Nanterre, France, the Central Office for the Suppression of Violence against Persons (OCRVP) is investigating around forty cases involving French citizens and Filipino children. Three hundred are awaiting trial.

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