Online child porn in Iligan alarms religious network

Online child porn in Iligan alarms religious network

Talitha Kum meeting in Iligan. SR. ABAMO’S FB ACCOUNT 

By Oliver Samson

Dec. 10, 2018

MANILA

An international network of the religious advocating children and women’s rights is alarmed by what seems to be a growing number of cases of online sexual exploitation of minors in Iligan.

Talitha Kum has found a number of new cases of sexual abuse of children perpetrated over the internet, said Sr. Adel Celeste Abamo, SDS, network’s coordinator for Asia.

One of the victims was a 13-year old girl who was asked to strip in front of a camera in exchange for a smartphone.

“The victim nearly took her own life after learning her nude photos went … public on the social media,” Abamo said.

Preyed on by family members

The girl’s mother was an overseas worker, she added.

“Most of the victims are minors,” Abamo said. “The exploitation usually involves parents, relatives, and neighbors.”

The victims include non-Catholics, she added.

In an Aug. 24 post by GMA News this year, 3 women – mother, daughter, and a relative – were reportedly arrested in barangay Dalipuga for child pornography.

Home visits, counselling

Twelve minors were also rescued by authorities from a suspected online child pornography den in barangay Tambacan, according to a post by Sunstar on Nov. 5, 2015.

Iligan is a first class highly urbanized city in Northern Mindanao.

“Victims of human trafficking usually suffer from forced labor, sexual abuse, and other inhuman treatments abroad,” she said.

According to Abamo, Talitha Kum gets to know of sexual exploitation of minors and human trafficking through referrals and conducts counselling for and home visits to survivors.

Founded in 2009, Talitha Kum means arise. It currently has a growing number of religious advocates in 11 countries in Asia.