This website will give children, parents, neighbors, prosecutors, nonprofits, small businesses, government agencies and elected official soon place to meet,train,teach and learn. It will promote coordination, cooperation and collaboration of all sectors. The impact will be empowerment and a freedom from the child exploitation industry.
Government: This tab will assist with lobbying for better legislation in the Philippines. We can make petitions,research and analysis available to demonstrate the need to toughen sex crimes laws and raise the age of consent to 16 rather than the existing 12.
Local Legal: This tab will list all the pending cases and address the backlog of cases in courts. Similar to a Sex Offender Registry, this will hold both defendant and the courts accountable. A Case Search function will education both prosecutors and civilians on current offenders.
International Legal: This tab will be information sharing, virtual training, and investigative collaboration. The current DOJ and CEOS Training and ABA IJET Program demonstrate the effectiveness of international cross training and refresher courses. I would like to set up e-training opportunities for operational improvements in both child exploitation prosecution but also legal efficiency.
Economic: This tab will be for businesses. A quarter of the population still lives below the international poverty line of US $1.25/day. Poverty within families is one of the factors contributing to vulnerabilities of children to commercial sexual exploitation. We have had instances of parents selling sexual services of their own children in return for money. In Manila alone, 1.5 million street children enter a life of child prostitution, pornography and trafficking for sexual purposes. We need to provide alternate revenue streams in targeted areas and victims
through partnership with social entrepreneurship. Providing legitimate job opportunities and training for victims and families of victims.
Nonprofit– expand the availability and quality of protection and assistance for victims through Non-Governmental Organizations, strengthening preventive efforts and expanding their reach to provide victim services.
Education: Information is power. Most efforts at prevention of human trafficking target adult workers, with children and the youth – who are among the most vulnerable – receive little to no education regarding trafficking. We will use modules to train and teach our children cyber safety, provide a tip line, and extend resources for assistance. A continued global public information campaign on social media, phone app, and a progressive and interactive website. Public awareness is essential to drive the above objectives. The sea reviles and realities that most people do not want to acknowledge and exist in the world. We need to create and promote awareness to increase the pressure to stop the dark web.
When thinking about a social impact project, We thought that there could be no better population to serve than the innocent and defenseless Filipino children. In the words of Robert F. Kennedy,
“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossings each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”