P. del Rosario Street, Cebu City, Cebu
Internet: A Gateway of
Child Exploitation and its Effects
in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City,
1st Semester 2010 - 2011
October 12, 2010
Rationale of the Study
Internet is a form of media. It is a global system of interconnected computer networks that uses the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of either private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic and optical networking technologies. Thus, it carries a vast range of information resources and services an individual may need.
Today, internet is not just used for sharing data. Most traditional communications media are being reformed or redesigned by the Internet. Newspapers, books and other print publishings had to adapt to Websites and blogging. It enabled new forms of human interactions through instant messaging, Internet forums, and social networking. Online selling and so as shopping are also hot trends in the market. Business-to-business and financial services (e.g. banking and disbursing) on the Internet affect supply chains across the entire industries. Indeed, Internet has flourished throughout the many years.
But its influence does not only stop there. With the CyberSex or Virtual Sex Industry slowly arising in the Internet, it is now also used as means of exploiting children – preferably on child pornography, which is the visual representation of minors under the age of 18 engaged in sexual activity or the visual representation of minors engaging in lewd or erotic behavior designed to arouse the viewer’s sexual interest. This may include actual or simulated sexual intercourse involving minors, deviant sexual acts, bestiality, masturbation, sado-masochistic abuse, or the exhibition of genitals in a sexually arousing fashion.
Easy available pornography on the internet appears to have brought problems for some people. A number of our sexual offenders’ clients have been incarcerated because they accessed illegal material online.
In many areas, not only outside the Philippines but also here in the local areas; like Pasil, Cebu, child pornography is very rampant. These past few months, there were many reported cases of such act. Numerous young minors ages 9 – 17 were held under custody in DSWD after being rescued from a raid. Many were concluded to engage in this field basically because of poverty.
The researchers conducted a study about this subject matter to therefore make an evaluation of how media, specifically the internet, has become a medium for such abusive deed, and its effects to the lives of the minors involved in the said area.
The researchers had chosen Pasil, Cebu City as the research area of the study because, as reported, one of the biggest news that happened early this year occurred in the said area. Pasil, as perceived by many, is a swampy area with squatters who make their living out of selling fish and other marine animals available in the other markets at lower prices. Pasil is known for its fresh fishes, and for being quite notorious. One could see an assortment of people living in there.
PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF DATA
It was not enough for the researchers to just go over the internet and search for reliable sources of the subject matter being studied. For the researchers to fully understand how these things work and affect the people’s lives in Pasil, they had a close interview with two of the minors, involved with this kind of abusive deed, who were not under the custody of the DSWD and were not been made known yet to the authorities. Below is the flow of the interview:
The researchers asked Anna (not her real name), a 10 year old...