Ignorance and poverty are the two main reasons why some parents push their children to engage in cyber pornography activities, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said on Wednesday.
Baldoz sees child pornography as a form of hazardous child labor, as she points to some parents who argue that even children have to augment the family income, and thus sell off their young to exploitive child labor and hazardous types of work.
“Sometimes, parents themselves are the ones who put their children to work in this kind of hazardous environment,” Baldoz said.
To help alleviate poverty and ignorance, the DOLE has provided livelihood assistance and skills training program to the parents of rescued minors to start earning for their family.
“Providing parents with the means to support the needs of their children is one of the viable solutions the DOLE considers in its effort to keep these kids off the bait and hook of criminal child labor perpetrators,” she said.
Meanwhile, Baldoz has urged the DOLE regional offices to mobilize their Sagip Batang Manggagawa Quick Action Teams (SBMQAT) to save minors from child pornography.