As stated by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, there are no circumstances in which using children in pornographic performances and materials is acceptable.

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The production and distribution of these child sexual abuse and exploitation materials – whether in print, online, or live-streamed – represent a violation of fundamental human rights, and these children need to be protected.”The Philippines has become the global epicentre of the live-stream sexual abuse trade, and many of the victims are children.

In the slums of Manila, a police raid of a child sexual exploitation operation illuminates the challenges the country faces in protecting vulnerable children and prosecuting their abusers.

Rescued children in the playroom at the Child Protection Unit at the Philippine General Hospital.

After the police raid, the children were brought here by a social worker and then examined by a paediatrician.

MANILA, Philippines, 3 June 2016 – One evening in 2014, Philippines police raided an ordinary looking home in the slums of Manila.

It was just before midnight, and darkness permeated the surrounding narrow alleys as the officers entered with a search warrant.

Inside the small single room house, they found an unusual amount of computer equipment: laptops, webcams and a Wi-Fi router.

They also found a group of four girls and boys aged between 7 and 10 preparing for a ‘show’.

The children were about to undress and perform sex acts on each other, following instructions from a paedophile connected from overseas via webcam.