Rescuing cybersex trafficking victims
In December 2018 a group of 5 children were rescued from online sexual exploitation. Since no other place was to be found for the children in all of Mindanao, we spontaneously agreed to take in the 5.
We had been working on the idea of starting a second home for children who had been freed from child trafficking, abuse and slavery for some time. In Mindanao there is a huge need for such an home, one that provides aftercare programs and long-term support, so that these children can return to a normal life in freedom.
In May 2019, we accepted another group of 4 children who were rescued from online abuse.
Cybersex abuse of children is becoming an increasing problem in the Philippines. The International Justice Mission has been working very hard for several years to uncover such cases and train the Philippine police. Meanwhile, there is a good network of police officers from different countries (USA, Canada, Holland and others) who, together with the Philippine police, free children in the Philippines and convict pedophiles in Western countries.
Often several siblings and also neighboring children, who are on the spot, are rescued together during such rescue operations. As a result, larger groups of children often have to be placed together in an aftercare facility such as the Lighthouse.
Adoption and reintegration
Whenever possible, we want to integrate children back into their families or extended families. After the court case against the mother was closed, the first kids who were rescued from online abuse were able to go to their grandparents who are now taking wonderful care of them.
Several children have already been reintegrated into their families and some children have been adopted locally. More children are waiting for their adoption or reintegration in the near future.