Psychological disorders caused by webcam child sex tourism

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Webcam Child Sex Tourism-WCST is a growing crime. The Philippines has turned into the world's biggest source of live-stream sexual abuse. This project explores the severe psychological trauma which child victims of WCST experience.

  • €15,570 Budget in Euros
  • 2020 Final release date
  • 5 Round winner
  • 1 Location
  • 6 Durations in months

Psychological disorders caused by webcam child sex tourism

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Webcam Child Sex Tourism (WCST) is a growing, relativly new crime. Highest numbers of cases have been found in the Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia - most likely because of these countries cheap and easy access to the internet, even for the many poor ones. According to the Walk Free's Foundation "Global Slavery Indey" one in 130 persons are estimated to be trapped in WCST in the Philippines. Reports of online child sex exploitation have been increasing from year to year, says the International Justice Mission (IJM) of the Southeast-Asean country. The worst thing about it: cybersex abusers tend to recruit the children age 1 to 12 through existing relationships - may it be through the parents of the child, their siblings or relatives. Poverty stays the main trigger for committing such a horrible crime. In the Philipines according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) nearly 25 percent of the population live below the poverty line - meaning are living on less than 2 USD per day.

According to a recent study of Terre des Homes, most child victims of WCST experience severe psychological disorders. Some of the effects they show include feelings of worthlessness, contamination, traumatic sexualization and powerlessness. Even worth: victimes quite often exhibited self-destructive behavior, including alcohol and drug abuse at a very young age. Sometimes they run away from home and the vicious circle starts all over again.

Two years ago the Department of Psychology of the University of San Carlos in Cebu City - one of the countries leading public universities - has started qualitive studies which focus on the extent of problems the victims are facing. The victimes the researcher interviewed are currently housed in shelters of the Department of Social Welfare and Development where they should somehow rehabilitate from their trauma. The main reason for the ongoing studies is - according to Dr. Glenn Glarino from the San Carlos University - to find appropriate interventions for victims in order to get them back on track. The outcome of the first study has shown that a sizable number of victims is also experiencing externalizing problems - meaning aggression towards others is quite common.

The research should focus on two angles:

- evaluation of the current situation: latest numbers of WCST victims in the Philippines and in other countries

- evaluation of the psychological effects the WCST victimes are suffering from through interviews with experts

- evaluatin of the ongong studies about the effects of webcam child sex tourism on the health of the victims

- lastly: evaluatin of the treatment appraoches of the currently existing shelters for WCST victims in the Philippines.

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