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Protecting children in the Philippines who are sexually exploited: systemic challenges from the NGO context

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Protecting children in the Philippines who are sexually exploited: systemic challenges from the NGO context

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Venue: N44, St Mary's University
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Part of the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults (CREMCYA) 2019/20 Seminar Series.

Speaker: Ms Imogen Fell 

Increasing awareness surrounding human rights atrocities driven by Government agendas in the Philippines has left many other grave violations of human rights in the shadows. Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a widespread and significant social phenomenon. Despite being less of a domestic priority, it has attracted substantial attention within the international public policy sphere. A report from UNICEF (2017) states that the Philippines is 'the global epicentre of the live-stream sexual abuse trade'. Online child sexual exploitation is the leading form of cybercrime in the Philippines, making up half of reported cases across the world.

This presentation is based on findings from an in-depth qualitative study exploring the state of CSE from the lens of three grassroots non-government organisations. Utilising an ethnographic methodology and traditional grounded theoretical approach, comprehensive case studies were constructed encompassing observations and semi-structured interviews with frontline staff and organisational leaders at the forefront of targeted efforts to tackle CSE. The presentation will share key findings from the study, including systemic challenges faced by those responding to the evolving dynamics of CSE.

About the speaker

Imogen Fell is a PhD candidate at St Mary’s University. She obtained her Master of Social Work at the University of Salford and was a Visiting Researcher at the Social Development Research Centre at De La Salle University, Philippines.

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For more information about this event please contact ozlem.erden@stmarys.ac.uk.


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