GIRL (through interpreter): There was a time when my mother need money because my stepfather was in jail. FRED DE SAM LAZARO: Her mother: WOMAN (through interpreter): He was really kind. Opportunities are scarce, so, at 12, the offer of a scholarship from a kindly stranger, a man visiting to her village, was hard to resist.
FRED DE SAM LAZARO: At the police cyber-crime center, officer Ivy Castillo explained one of the many ways that vulnerable young women are tricked into the trade. It has all the trappings of a glamorous fashion model agency, especially to a young rural Filipina girl.
IVY CASTILLO: At first, they are requested to send this image.
CECILIA FLORES-OEBANDA, Director, Visayan Forum Foundation: Because they think that they’re — the girls are just actually performing in the computer, and there’s no contact, there is no touch. The children are invariably inducted into traditional prostitution and its daily physical abuse.
Their alleged pimp, a man named Jerrie Arraz began as a good samaritan neighbor. FRED DE SAM LAZARO: This young woman is the 11th of 12 children in a family from one of the many rural Philippine islands beset by poverty and often natural disasters.
GIRL (through interpreter): In a month, about four to five times, we met with foreign customers in a hotel, plus daily online.