Today, more than 100,000 children from the Philippines have been sold into prostitution, cybersex trafficking and slavery.
Retchel (one of the girls in the photos) was rescued by Visayan Forum when she was 17. She had been working as a domestic helper in Manila from the age of 11 and experienced abuse at the hands of her employers. Now, she lives at the Centre of Hope (the shelter operated by Visayan Forum). She is in second year college, studying Business Administration. She is one of our leading iFIGHT advocates – involved in equipping, training and empowering the youth around the Philippines to take up the fight against trafficking.
For over 22 years, we at Visayan Forum have been innovating solutions to end human trafficking and modern slavery. But we are now encountering a new challenge, one of the ugliest forms of slavery: cybersex trafficking. Girls and boys, as young as 6 months old, are forced to endure sexual acts and required to perform for viewers all over the world. The Philippines is a global hotspot for cybersex trafficking.
Help us save more of them and restore their freedom and childhood and prevent others from being victimized. You can help us protect and empower people to explore opportunities without the risk of exploitation and slavery.
WE NEED YOU.
By giving any donation from $10 up to $10,000, you can help save Filipino children from human trafficking and domestic servitude.
These donations will allow Visayan Forum to:
- Rescue, rehabilitate, shelter, educate and provide sustainable skills training to women and girls who are victims of human trafficking;
- Equip, train and empower the youth to end human trafficking and modern slavery through the iFight movement in partnership with schools, churches and communities
- Develop a network of community watch groups and livelihood opportunities for parents, to prevent human trafficking in the source communities; and
- Conduct solution-based research and engage in policy reforms.
"Every day, hundreds of Filipino children are victimized by traffickers. YOU can help us save them. Filipinos have dignity, we are not for sale."
- Cecilia Flores-Oebanda (Founder and President, VF)
Established in 1991, Visayan Forum Foundation, Inc. (VF) is an officially accredited Philippine NGO known for innovations in addressing modern slavery, especially human trafficking and domestic servitude.
VF’s work with child domestic workers was cited by the International Labour Organization - International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO-IPEC) and the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) as an international best practice.
VF won the 2013 TrustLaw Impact Award by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. It is a joint project with White & Case and Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.
Our partnership with the Philippine government and private shipping companies was recognized as a global best practice by the U.S. Department of State in its 2005 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. In 2013, VF was also featured in “The Fighters”, a CNN Freedom Project Documentary. This two-hour documentary presents the two-year long CNN Investigation on how the Foundation operates and creates impact on lives of many children.
WE BUILD MOVEMENTS
iFIGHT reduces the vulnerability of the youth to human trafficking through a movement of young people.
SUMAPI is a national association of domestic workers who actively lobbied for the ratification of the ILO Convention on Decent Work for domestic workers by the Philippine Government.
We save women and children and provide holistic U-turn services such as shelter, healing and recovery to victims of human trafficking and servitude, turning survivors to empowered iFIGHTers.
Alongside government agencies and transport groups, we intercept victims of human trafficking in ports and airports.
To address the root causes of human trafficking, VF has created a preventive and innovative community-based program. We create networks of community watch groups, and combat socio-cultural beliefs that perpetuate trafficking. Through Ventures for Freedom, our social entrepreneurship initiative, we provide livelihood and microfinance opportunities.
We build a knowledge base and develop innovative practices to address systems and structures that perpetuate human trafficking and slavery. We conduct solutions-based research that helps us propose reforms to national and international policies and ethical standards for the private sector