YOUR newspaper has done a great service on July 26 by running the report of Cherry Ann Lim about the trafficking of children in this country, specifically in Cebu. Much of this is old news, since this crime has been going on for decades. The fact of parents selling their children to foreign predators is nothing new. In fact, local predators are also known to engage in this dreadful business. Questions have been asked about why this happens, and answers have ranged from poverty to greed to human perversity and pure evil.
Many years ago while in the US, I met a woman who helped the FBI track down online sex offenders, those who produced the pornography and offered it to clients. Many of the victims were children from around the world. There were arrests of numbers of people, most of them men. Obviously this is still going on, with other organizations worldwide cooperating to fight the disgusting trade.
Ms. Lim’s report mentions the IJM, the International Justice Mission, but does not expand on its role in the fight against sexual exploitation. The IJM has, all along, been involved in trying to stamp out this evil business. Making Filipino officials aware of the situation so that government organizations can join in the struggle to unmask the perpetrators is a huge task. Employing the media to publicize all this is crucial.
Filipinos working under the IJM’s auspices are to be commended. IJM itself deserves our profound gratitude for its help. All decent citizens should support the continuing fight against the horrible crime of sex exploitation of vulnerable children. The hope is that many victims will be saved.