In this post, I’m going to share how I became a youth advocate of Eliminate Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (EOSEC).
What is OSEC?
Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) is the production of online visual materials of sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor for a third party who is not in the physical presences of the victim, in exchange for compensation.
How do I report OSEC?
First, talk to someone that you trust. It may be a family member or a friend. Second, report it to authorities. Here are some of the hotlines you may use to report OSEC:
- Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT)
- 1343 – within Metro Manila
- (02) 1343 – outside Metro Manila
- Police Station Dasmarinas – 416-2924 or 416-0842
- Rescue Center – 435-0183 or 481-0555
Youth Advocate Journey
The Philippine Children’s Ministries Network (PCMN), in partnership with Viva Denmark (VD), and International Justice Mission (IJM) started the Eliminate Online Sexual Exploitation (E-OSEC) Project in Dasmarinas City last January 2018. It’s a two-year project with the Overall Development Goal: Reduction of Online Sexual Exploitation of Children in “high-risk” cities in the Philippines through Prevention, Justice, and Restoration.
Our Barangay Chairman invited me to attend a training for Youth Facilitators last August 21, 2018. He told me that it’s about on Online Safety. The content of the seminar got my attention because I’m an online teacher. I and three other members of the Sangguniang Kabataan attended the seminar.
In the seminar, we learned how to discuss OSEC to children. We understood how to prevent OSEC by generating awareness among children. We learned how to report and manage the cases of OSEC, and to ensure legal prosecution of perpetrators.
The participants in the two-day seminar signed a contract to culminate the activity. The seminar fell on a holiday: Ninoy Aquino Day and National Heroes Day. I would say that those are well spent holidays.
I feel challenged. I’m now a youth advocate of the Eliminate Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (EOSEC). It’s the reason why I shared this experience to you. You may send a message on my Facebook Page, Travel with Karla, if you’re interested to be a youth advocate too.
My journey doesn’t end here. I’m now going to start teaching children on how to Eliminate Online Sexual Exploitation of Children.
For more details, you may contact Philippine Children’s Ministry Network:
- Philippine Children’s Ministries Network Facebook Page