Continuing to protect at-risk children vulnerable to exploitation
Comprehensively caring for child survivors
World Hope has continued a second implementation of the Protecting At-Risk Children Vulnerable to Exploitation (PAVE) project in response to the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC), paving the way to a brighter future for child survivors.
The PAVE II project is working to develop and strengthen systems for comprehensive care of survivors of OSEC in the Philippines by empowering local partners in prevention and response, focusing the trainings on therapeutic care for survivors, reintegrating survivors in safe and successful environments, and improving community understanding of the risks of OSEC.
In a time when the COVID-19 pandemic itself and subsequent quarantines and lockdowns exacerbated the vulnerability of children, the PAVE II project is building upon the foundations of hope and change laid in the PAVE I project.
To develop and strengthen systems for comprehensive care of survivors of OSEC in the Philippines
- To expand availability of psychosocial care practitioners with specialized training to provide counseling and case management to OSEC/CSEC survivors.
- To provide specialized training to aftercare service providers and emergency shelters in case management, counseling, reintegration services, and shelter management.
- To support reintegration of 60 OSEC / CSEC survivors through case management with shelter partners, DSWD and LGU’s.
- To improve the understanding of OSEC in the Philippines through research, collaboration, and reporting.
The Philippines is the global epicenter of the online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) and a source, transit, and destination country for trafficking in persons (TIP).
Facilitated by the confluence of poverty, widespread access to the Internet, decreased the price of devices, and a culture of silence and deference to elders OSEC is particularly challenging to identify, treat and prosecute.
OSEC as committed by traffickers is “a crime of opportunity” and too often perpetuated by those with easy access to or authority over children.
Families that are forced to find ways to survive each day because of socio-economic disadvantage will remain vulnerable to possible exploitation. Providing opportunities for families to rise beyond poverty is key to essentially eliminating the root cause of this tragedy.
Download and read the report, “OSEC: A Modern Face of Human Trafficking” to learn more about OSEC and World Hope International’s ongoing response to it.