In February, our teams, in coordination with multiple law-enforcement agencies, executed an operation that rescued a 2-and-a-half-year-old boy from a life of continued sexual exploitation.

Surveillance video gathered by Destiny Rescue Philippines agents working on this case

Surveillance video gathered by Destiny Rescue Philippines agents working on this case

It is half past three. Anticipating the afternoon crowd who frequent his small store just in front of his house, Edwin* fires up the fryer to make sure the oil is hot enough to cook with. Behind him is his family – his wife sitting idly by the door frame, his 2-and-a-half-year-old son playing. From the outside, this might look like your average Filipino household. But this family is far from normal.

Edwin sells pornographic materials on the internet – videos of him molesting his son.

Following a lead from an arrest done in the UK, the National Bureau of Investigation in the Philippines was tapped to take on this case when child pornographic materials were found in the mobile phone of the alleged suspect. Destiny Rescue being one of the leading NGOs fighting human trafficking in the country, was called on to collaborate just months after the initial investigations.

It was difficult to gain Edwin’s trust. He was aloof most of the time – uninterested with what the operatives tried offering. This is where patience comes into play. A well-scripted conversation drawn out for months had to be orchestrated to slowly build his trust. Even then, Edwin was skeptical. Cold and calculating, his practiced business persona was hard to crack.

As Destiny Rescue operatives, we have the difficult role of verifying the information presented to us before we can take it further. We’re never desensitized – it hurts every time.

Rescue Manager
Destiny Rescue Philippines

Edwin and his wife will be held accountable and charged for their heinous actions. While being processed for intake at a government social facility, the little boy sat in a cozy corner with a social worker. He picked up a couple of the toys around him and began to play. This moment was meaningful. While the traumas he has endured will take healing and resilience to overcome, right now he is safe and able to play and explore his world as a child should.

 The rescued toddler playing while in the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) care after the raid.

The rescued toddler playing while in the Philippines’ Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) care after the raid.

This was Destiny Rescue’s first time being involved in a cyber exploitation case. It’s success was an enormous victory and opens the door for similar operations in coordination with the NBI in the future. With the movement restrictions imposed by the current COVID-19 pandemic, cyber cases are one of the avenues in which our rescue teams are remaining fully engaged, continuing in their efforts to bring children to freedom. No matter the circumstances, rescue must remain relentless.

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