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EVENT | PHILIPPINES

Behind the Screen: International Research Conference on Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children

Dates: November 8-9 2022, 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM GMT+8
Mode: Hybrid – Online and In-Person
Venue:  Eastwood Richmonde Hotel, Manila, Philippines
Conference registration fee: Free for all 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 

World Hope International invites researchers, students, universities, and organizations to submit their research abstracts for oral presentation during the “Behind the Screen: Research Conference on Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children” on November 8-9, 2022. The studies should be relevant to the prevention, protection, and prosecution of Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC).

Abstracts must use 200-300 words and should include the following: introduction, the aim of the study, methods, results, and conclusion. Please ensure that your study matches the research conference topic and objective. For a guide on how to write a good abstract, click here.

Abstract submission: Click here
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 September 2022
Acceptance Notification: 15 October 2022

Digital technology has ushered in great advances in society, but it has also introduced new threats and crimes that prey on vulnerable children. As the number of individuals utilizing the internet grows, a new form of trafficking known as Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) is emerging with the Philippines being the global epicenter since 2016.   During the early months of the pandemic in May 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that reports of online sexual abuse and exploitation of children (OSAEC) increased three-fold in the Philippines from March to May 2020 compared to the same period in 20191. To add to the alarming situation, child sexual abuse materials (CSAM) do not stay on the deep web anymore. During the pandemic, it was found that videos and photos containing sexual abuse of children were being sold on social media and messaging applications for as low as PHP 100.

The pandemic restrictions may have already eased in 2022 but the economic conditions resulting from COVID-19 remain as more Filipinos are found to be unemployed (3.27 million) and underemployed (6.81 million) by December 20213. The Philippines’ struggle to manage the health crisis was made more challenging by typhoons striking the country compounding the health, economic, psychosocial, and protection consequences on the population.  Given these prevailing factors, the vulnerability of Filipino children remains to be very high.

The worsening situation for Filipino children calls for evidence-based practices that should inform the prevention of, protection from, and prosecution of OSAEC. It will be beneficial to stakeholders to understand the status of and gaps in existing practices on prevention and protection measures, as well as the prosecution process of OSAEC. With this information, we can gain more support to improve the quality of care and services to the child survivors and their families. To update OSAEC protection actors on the new empirical data available, a research conference will gather researchers from different disciplines to share their research findings.

Overall objective: To share scientific findings on existing prevention, protection, and prosecution practices and advocate for policy changes based on empirical data.

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