A TOP concern of government authorities, particularly those tasked to ensure the safety and welfare of youngsters, is ending online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) in various parts of the country.
Consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the government has been implementing programs and measures aimed at eradicating child exploitation and child abuse.
And we share the view of well-meaning Filipinos that the state, through concerned offices and agencies, should employ all legal means to end online sexual exploitation of our kids.
Thus, we commend the United States Embassy in the Philippines for helping Philippine government authorities in enhancing justice sector capabilities to combat transnational crimes.
From June 17 to 20, the US Embassy trained some 60 Filipino prosecutors and probers on how to conduct investigation, digital forensic analysis and prosecution of various OSEC cases.
The US Embassy partnered with the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) and the International Justice Mission (IJM) in conducting the four-day training in Davao City.
US Ambassador Sung Kim opened the workshop, which was implemented through the US Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training .
The American ambassador thanked the 60 prosecutors and investigators for their participation and recognizing the collaborative efforts of the US and Philippine governments.
We can concede that eradicating online exploitation of children in this Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 million people is not that easy because there are “willing victims” due to poverty.
But with the help and support of friends in the international community, like the United States, the Philippines is seen to succeed in ending online exploitation of children.