MANILA — The United States and the Philippines signed recently a new partnership to enhance efforts to reduce online child sexual exploitation and child labor trafficking in the Philippines.
A jointly-developed, four-year plan aimed at bolstering current efforts to prosecute and convict child traffickers; provide comprehensive, trauma-informed care for child victims of these crimes; and prevent these crimes from occurring in the future, the U.S.-Philippines Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, was signed on April 11 by Secretary of Justice and Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) Chair Vitaliano N. Aguirre II and Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Michael S. Klecheski.
The signing of the partnership facilitates the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons award of up to Php149 million in U.S. foreign assistance funds to address online child sexual exploitation, as well as an additional Php25 million to increase awareness and improve the response to child labor trafficking.
The partnership reflects a shared concern about the harmful and lasting impact of online sexual exploitation of Filipino children – especially when undetected – and a mutual interest in partnering to improve efforts to prevent children from becoming exploited in domestic servitude or other forms of child labor trafficking.#