Terre des Hommes Netherlands raised the alarm about a largely unknown, but quickly spreading new form of child exploitation that has got tens of thousands victims involved in the Philippines alone: Webcam Child Sex Tourism (WCST).
In less than two and a half months Terre des Hommes researchers were able to identify over 1,000 adults who were willing to pay children in developing countries to perform sexual acts in front of the webcam.
As you may have figured these girls are not of the hard-to-get kind; they are prostitutes, legally working as one of Costa Rica’s main tourist attraction. Visited Arenal, Manuel Antonio, Quepos, did the normal touristy adventure tours: ATVs, Canopy Tours, White-water rafting, Hanging bridges, tasted the best of culinary delights from various cities, flown in Cessna’s across mountains, battled lizards for dropped food, imitated Gecko’s sounds, met distant foreigners and talked the usual teasing of countries’ policies and opposites, slithered up and down and around steep mountainsides in a low-powered 4×4 SUV, and finally, accosted by beautiful women that make a construction worker’s whistle seem like child’s play.
In their video, Terre Des Hommes asks viewers to sign their petition.
Knowing the power behind humor, his motto is: “humor gives help, hope and healing.” Chato is a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS-A).
Featured as the 1st place winner of the DBSA 2009 Facing Us Video Contest, his powerful PSA tells his personal story of living with a mental illness through a montage of his cartoons.
They sip their drinks and bob their heads from the actual thrust of mirth.
We sit far enough from the glee group and in view of the live salsa group that’s performing.