THE recent arrest of 58 people suspected to be involved in sextortion prompted an official of the Catholic Church to appeal to the government to address the twin problems of child exploitation and sex tourism in Palawan.
Citing reports from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Puerto Princesa Bishop Pedro Arigo said child exploitation and sex tourism is a “perennial” problem in the province, a favorite tourist destination.
“As much as possible, especially here in Palawan where eco-tourism is very popular, let’s keep tourism wholesome, healthy and clean,” Arigo said.
According to a United Nations study, around 100,000 children in the Philippines are working in the sex trade each year.
Arigo called on the government to be more vigilant in addressing the growing problem of sex tourism and child prostitution, noting that the problem does not only exist in Palawan but in other areas in the country.
“Let’s keep eco-tourism as what it is and not by adding immoral practices,” the bishop said.
On Friday, the Interpol said 58 people involved in an international cybercrime network that engaged in sextortion.