Fr. Shay Cullen

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The recent arrest of a Catholic parish priest, accused of trafficking a 13-year-old in Marikina City, is highly unusual. He was charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act. Most cases of clerical child abuse go unreported or are covered up in the Philippines. In other countries, the scandal…

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It was a normal day in the life of 13-year-old Jeremiah as he was leaving the schoolyard in Angeles City. He saw his classmates running to get candies and chocolates being handed out by an overweight, cheerful, balding Caucasian man. He sat outside his house, which was close to the…

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It was the Preda hotline for reporting sexual abuse that saved four children from sexual and physical abuse. The message came from an anonymous reporter, who tipped that Geraldine, 13, was being sexually abused by her grandfather. A Preda Foundation social worker contacted her counterpart in the local government and…

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Sarah-Ann, 14, walked with two police officers and two social workers from the Preda Foundation through a town in Pampanga to a jeepney terminal. She is a determined, courageous young girl and she is out to get justice for the rape that she endured several times from her abuser, Rodolfo…

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If you visit the child detention centers in Metro Manila and other places in the Philippines, you will see the gaunt faces of bored, frightened, malnourished 10- to 16-year old boys and girls looking out sadly through steel bars. They are prisoners. Their incarceration violates the law that says the…

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Nothing is more disgusting or repugnant and abhorrent to any human with respect for the rights of children than to see convicted men travelling freely on “child rape holidays” in poor countries. Yet they have always been issued passports and allowed to travel abroad on child sex tours by their…

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2017 is a good year for the campaign and fight against child sexual abuse online. Hundreds of men in Europe, America, and Asia have been arrested. Police have gathered evidence of their illegal actions such as viewing and sharing images of children being sexually abused. They are the consumers of…

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Human trafficking is a horrific crime against millions of people, especially against women and children, and it is increasing in the Philippines. There are 4.5 million people victimized by human traffickers annually around the world. But it could be much more since it is a hidden crime. It is the…

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The desire and longing to be a free and fully human is perhaps the deepest and strongest need of every person. All creatures want freedom. Birds want freedom to fly from a cage, beasts to roam the land, monkeys to swing on trees, fish to swim in the seas. Humans…

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Convicted pedophiles in Australia on the National Child Offenders Register will be forbidden to travel abroad. Their passports will be cancelled, according to a proposed law. Thousands of children will be saved from sexual abuse by this promised legislation. This is a breakthrough commitment by the Australian government and a…

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