Against Child Exploitation (ACE) Project
ACE seeks to strengthen the ability of governments and communities in Asia to address the worst forms of child labor, including the online sexual exploitation of children, and promote acceptable conditions of work through a unified and participatory approach beginning with action in the Philippines.
The worst forms of child labor are abusive and exploitative practices that affect children. The online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) is a worst form of child labor. OSEC impacts children around the world and from every demographic. The Philippines is a leading source for OSEC and generates an estimated $1 billion in revenue annually. The pandemic has exacerbated the issue. In January 2021, the number of reported OSEC cases in the Philippines increased by 275% to 279,166 cases.
The ACE project strengthens the capacity of governments to effectively counter the worst forms of child labor, including online sexual exploitation of children, and promotes acceptable conditions of work. ACE is active in the Philippines and will expand to Vietnam later in 2021.
The project is:
- improving the enforcement of legal frameworks, including working with local governments to bring local laws in line with national policy;
- expanding services to victims; and
- strengthening partnerships to accelerate progress in addressing the worst forms of child labor, including the online sexual exploitation of children.
The following results reflect early activities during the project’s start-up phase, which are important for laying the foundation for future success. Please check back later for more results as the project advances further in its implementation.
- The project has created partnerships with key national and local government offices in order to orientate key stakeholders on OSEC and gain their support and buy-in for project activities.
- The project conducted a mapping of existing policies and frameworks on OSEC to better understand the gaps in policies around the issue of online sexual exploitation of children.
- In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the project redesigned its community engagement plan to provide remote capacity building for school and community stakeholders on detection, monitoring, and appropriate referral mechanisms.