IT’S been a week since republicasia exposed the world of alters and pornography on social media, and delved into the horrors of online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Here are notable developments that happened since then:
Globe blocks sex sites
–Globe Telecom Inc. announced that it blocked 278,555 URLs and domains hosting child sexual abuse and exploitation material from January to September this year.
These represented a 1,132 percent increase from the number of sites it blocked in 2021.
The Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 mandates internet service providers to install technology, programs, or software to ensure that access to or transmittal of child sexual exploitation or abuse material will be blocked or filtered.
A May 2020 study found that the Philippines was the largest known source of online sexual exploitation of children cases.
–Sen. Robinhood Padilla found republicasia’s series of stories to be eye opening, expressing shock over the easy availability of sexual content on social media sites.
Padilla, after a briefing from the republicasia team, said he intends to file a resolution to look into the issue.
Aussie man gets 129 years in jail
–Australian Peter Scully was sentenced to 129 years in prison for sexual offenses in the Philippines against children as young as 18 months.
A Cagayan de Oro court handed down prison terms to three of his cohorts as well.
Scully is already serving a life sentence for a previous conviction for qualified trafficking in persons and five counts of rape by sexual assault.
–Sen. Risa Hontiveros hailed the conviction of Scully as a “victory for the many child victims and victim-survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation.”
Hontiveros said this should serve as a warning to perpetrators of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children and human trafficking. They will be punished to the full extent of the law, she said.
She also said the fight against these problems has become more complex due to the nature of digital platforms.
Photo credit: Sen. Robinhood Padilla, Sen. Risa Hontiveros Facebook pages