Yet the business is nearly always immune to policing and almost never results in a conviction.

In the Philippines, there have been only two convictions for this type of abuse. Unlike previous forms of child sexual abuse, there are no photos uploaded to the internet that police can track.

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At the other end of the room stood the mother of two of the children – the third was her niece – and her eldest daughter, aged 13, who was typing on a keyboard.

A live webcam feed on the computer screen showed the faces of three white men glaring out.

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When Philippine police smashed into the one-bedroom house, they found three girls aged 11, seven and three lying naked on a bed.

In 2015 alone, NCMEC forwarded nearly 15,000 tips to the Philippine Office of Cybercrime and 80% referred to the online exploitation of children. That is not to say the perpetrators are only based there.

The Dutch NGO Terre des Hommes analysed the industry by constructing a virtual 10-year-old Filipino girl called “Sweetie” and used the computer model to entrap more than 1,000 adults who paid for her to perform sex acts., a slang term for a Filipina sex worker living in Japan, she had persuaded a resident to introduce her to the children, who played daily in the gravel streets.Her guise was intended to put them at ease, to show them she worked in the same industry; she was one of them.Children see abuse as normal In the 2011 case, the police thought the children would welcome the operation.But the undercover agent says Nicole did not feel rescued; she felt betrayed.The charity identified adults from more than 71 countries seeking out Sweetie’s services.