This footage will make your stomach churn
Western countries look at Southeast Asia as a land with beautiful natural vistas, exotic foods to sample, and where you can probably get anything that you want when it comes to adult entertainment without anyone ever having to know.
The sex trade is thriving in this heavily impoverished part of the world as tourists flock to the area specifically to fulfill whatever salacious desire they may have. A 2014 study into sex trafficking conducted by the International Justice Mission UK concluded with the following:
“Before the internet, customers had to physically go to a bar or brothel to purchase sex. [The current situation] differs from ‘traditional’ sex trafficking cases IJM has handled in the Philippines, in which only 1 out of 307 victims was younger than 10, and the median age is 16.3 years old. In IJM’s first 20 cases of cybersex trafficking, 54% of the victims have been 12 years old or younger. Cybersex trafficking also has a higher proportion of male victims than traditional trafficking.”
Two of the people selling children were taken down in this emotionally-distressing investigation, but they’re just two of thousands.
Average citizens who know nothing about what’s going on on the black market were shocked to see what impoverished parents will do to their own children to make a buck. During the latest installment of the BBC show Stacey Dooley Investigates, the host Stacey Dooley traveled to the Philippines to film a sting operation with the goal of catching two mothers intent on selling their daughters for sex. The women are sisters with 13 children between them, and they seem to enjoy making money off of as many of their kids as they can.
A Booming Business
It’s unfortunate to note that these aren’t the only women in this part of the world engaging in this damaging and disgusting practice. Child sex trafficking has been indulged in for a long time in the Philippines, Cambodia, and other countries of Southeast Asia. But with the proliferation of internet access and webcams, people wanting to profit off of the bodies of innocent children can advertise them online for sex tourists or they can utilize hard-to-trace live-streamed videos to broadcast the abuse around the world.
It may (or may not) shock you to find out that most of the consumers are men from the U.S. and Australia who jump at the opportunity to play out their sick fantasies for very little money.
UNICEF has been working to stem this awful practice, but attitudes towards abusing children have been quite hard to change. UNICEF stated in a report that “children are commonly trafficked for exploitation in the sex trade—an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 children in the Philippines are involved in prostitution rings. There is a high incidence of child prostitution in tourist areas.
Among the main causes of child trafficking in the Philippines are poverty, low economic development in communities of origin, gender inequalities, limited employment opportunities, existence of and access to public infrastructure (roads, schools, health centers, etc), large family sizes, inadequate awareness among families, and sex tourism.”
From the following footage, it’s clear that parents who sell their children’s bodies not only don’t care about their welfare, they’re quick to blame the children for the sexual activity…