Child advocates welcome passage of online sexual abuse law

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ABS-CBN News

Posted at 08 August 2022 16:10




MANILA – Child advocates have welcomed the recent enactment of Republic Act 11930 or Anti-Online Sexual Abuse or Exploitation of Children, which became law on July 30.

According to the SaferKidsPH consortium, the new law will strengthen the country’s response to the growing vulnerability and victimization of Filipino children by online predators.

“The passage of Republic Act 11930 positions the Philippines as one of the first countries in the East Asia and Pacific region to have an institutionalized and collaborative approach to crime prevention and response. online child sexual abuse and exploitation,” the consortium said in a statement. .

“This law strengthens protections to match technological and digital advances since the law against child pornography was passed in 2009,” he added.

The consortium is made up of Unicef, The Asia Foundation and Save the Children Philippines, in partnership with the Australian Embassy.

April Correa, project coordinator for the SaferKidsPH program, noted that there was an increase in cyber advice regarding child sexual abuse or sexual exploitation during the pandemic.

“There is an increase because online child sexual abuse and exploitation is generally seen by perpetrators and enablers as a way to make money easily and quickly,” she told Monday. the ANC.

According to the Department of Justice – Bureau of Cybercrime, reports of CSAEM cyber tricks jumped to 2.1 million in 2021 from 400,000 in 2019.

Correa said the new law is significant because it will create the National Coordination Center against OSAEC and CSAEM through the Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking.

The law was also developed in collaboration with the private sector, such as Internet service providers and telecommunications companies, to ensure that there is a viable infrastructure and technological capacity available to prevent, detect and block the CSAEMs found in line, she added.

“The law specifically includes provisions on how children are abused and exploited through the use of information and communication technologies,” Correa said.

“Due to the constant evolution of technology, perpetrators and enablers are also very quick to circumvent the system, so new forms or types of exploitation have emerged,” she added.

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