Since 1989, all governments worldwide adopted the UN convention on the rights of the child, promising all children fundamental human rights based on what a child needs to survive, grow, and maximize their potential. This is said to apply equally to every child, regardless of where they are from or who they are.
However, the reality is that these rights are often denied. The issue of child rights has especially become a critical concern in numerous third world countries, including the Philippines, where children are often subjected to violence, discrimination, and sexual abuse.
Earlier this month, a series of arrests took place in the UK in an operation to break up the meticulous network of an international child abuse gang, consisting of pedophiles who paid to watch kids get molested live on webcams in the Philippines.
The investigation began after police authorities found images of explicit child abuse on registered British sex offender Timothy Ford’s computer. Using the lead, detectives in the UK, the United States, and Australia successfully dismantled the organized gang of pedophiles, arresting 29 people from 12 different countries.
Currently, the NGO International Justice Mission is gathering evidence to identify the suspected victims and provide aid to the children. The Filipino government has also taken measures to place some of the victims in the custody of social welfare services. But all in all, this issue has become too common. Investigators have claimed that the advent of technology has given rise to the practice of using live-stream cameras as a medium for sexual abuse to take place. This is especially evident in developing countries, where families living in destitution and poverty are sometimes tempted to allow their children to be abused in exchange for money; after all, the families have little choice themselves.
It is not shocking to therefore suggest that children need to be put in better protection by the government. But it doesn’t stop there; we too can lend a helping hand. Publicity is a powerful tool, and we can help by raising awareness, deterring ignorance, and advocating for programs and funds that are involved in the fight against child abuse.
Article By: Deedee Aeschliman
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