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Tears rolled out from the eyes of the participants as the presentation on the harrowing experiences of a boy involved in on-line sexual exploitation is being shown. The film featured the boy’s agony on being a victim of child pornography wherein pedophiles feast on his young body, asking him to perform lewd acts in front of the webcam. His very mother was his pimp and what’s worst, his audiences ask him to perform or do something with his baby sister.

The boy tried to refuse, but his mother used “emotion card” on the boy to blackmail him, saying that if he wanted his baby sister to have a better future, he must work hard. The boy tried to be strong, just like his hero Superman, thinking that by becoming the character he idolized so much, he will be able to defend his sister in the future. They were rescued by the law enforcement agencies together with the International Justice Mission. At present, the boy and his sister is in a shelter for abused children and their mother has been jailed as a result of their abuse.

His story is just one of the many stories shown to the members of the Career Advocates Life Coaches and Mentors (CALM) and the PESO Managers to raise their awareness on the realities of the worst forms of child labor particularly on sexual exploitation. The subjects on child labor were presented and discussed as part of the Regional Career Advocacy Congress on 7-8 November 2017 at the Café Felisa, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila.

Together with the topic on child pornography, stories of interventions provided to the families of former child laborers by DOLE together with the World Vision were likewise shown. Technical assistance in pooling the resources of the beneficiaries to form a community based credit cooperative was also presented to showcase the practice for benchmarking. Also featured is the Teacher Advocates Against Child Labor, an initiative approved by DepEd for replication and mainstreaming in education programs, wherein teachers were exposed to the fundamental aspects of social development to facilitate a deeper understanding of child labor.

One Guidance Counselor from Pateros said “naiyak ako, may ganu’n pala talaga”, referring to the story of the boy and his sister. Another participant said, “nakakatulong sa amin ang ganitong mga seminar para sa trabaho namin”.

The activity is in line with the recent commitment of the Philippine Government with the US Department of State on Child Protection Compact partnership wherein NCR was identified to be the pilot area on the implementation of its programs and interventions. Likewise, the activity is part of the commitment of the DOLE-NCR to enhance the capabilities of the Guidance Counselors in line with their role as Vice-Chair in their school’s child protection committee.

By: RYAN ROBERTO E. DELOS REYES Sr. LEO, TSSD-EPWW

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2017-11-10
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