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Poverty can often drive parents to sell the services of their children, she said.
Delia (not her real name) now aged nine, said she was just 7 years old when her mother made her undress in front of their computer at home. That's all I wanted to do, not the other things, like when mama said to spread my legs, I didn't want to," she recalled. Because before I didn't know what she was doing was bad, I only knew later on." Rescued after three years when her father found out about her mother's cyber-sex operation, Delia is now under the care of a government-run temporary shelter for abused young girls and spoke to CNN in the company of her social worker.
"I want them to be punished but I have moved far away to Manila because I am scared for my life," she said.
Milet Paguio, a social worker working with commercially exploited children in the Philippines, said that many rescued girls, who have often spent years in the cyber-dens, are often uncooperative with rescuers and confused at first.
The government has initiated a nationwide advocacy and media campaign that focuses on awareness of this new face of commercial sexual exploitation.
This includes training seminars held to teach those on the front lines -- law enforcement, prosecutors, government agencies, and NGOs -- to combat these crimes.
"I was told if I tried to escape, the police would put me in jail. I was very innocent -- I grew up without TV and had never left my village before," she explained. Jo Alforque, Advocacy Officer with End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT Philippines), an NGO working to combat child sexual exploitation, explained that because cyber-sex dens can be located anywhere -- from Internet cafes to private homes and offices -- they are extremely difficult to identify.
The Philippines Congress has also passed the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, which increases funding to government agencies, provides greater protection to victims and is designed to strengthen the prosecution of those engaged in human trafficking.
Ramores says it's essential for the public to have a new context in which to interpret any suspicious behavior: "Unless there will be whistle-blowers, we won't be able to catch them.
Andrea, which is not her real name, said she had been lured away from her rural, mountain village in the Philippines by a cousin who said he would give her a well-paid job as a babysitter in the city.
She thought she was leaving her impoverished life for an opportunity to earn money to finish high school.
"It gives a strong message to the traffickers: 'We know you are out there now and we are going to get you,'" said Ramores.