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Today, such a bet would be risky: the Philippines has just dethroned India as the global hub of call centers.
This year, according to analyst figures, Philippine call center revenues will reach US.5 billion against India’s US.3 billion.
Joint operations with nations such as Britain, the United States and Norway could swing the tide as clients realize they can be punished at home, added the investigator, who did not disclose his name as he was not authorized to discuss his work.
Senator Loren Legarda urged tougher global action from such countries to lower the demand by raising their penalties.
That means most call center jobs are now in the Philippines, which has an advantage because of its hardworking young men and women who speak English flawlessly. She notes: If you dialled a toll-free customer service number from any English-speaking country in the West a few years ago, you could safely wager a small fortune that your call would be routed to a call center thousands of miles away in India.
But with cybersex abusers and customers playing a game of cat-and-mouse with law enforcement, Ruby fears that countless other girls will have to endure the same abuse as she did. “Those girls were in a place where they really had no hope.” Reporting By Kieran Guilbert, Editing by Katy Migiro.
they need to know the laws and their punishments,” said Genesis Jeff Lamigo, a spokesman for global children’s charity World Vision.
No data exists on the number of child victims of cybersex trafficking, but at least 400,000 people in the Philippines - or one in 250 - are estimated to be trapped in modern slavery, found the 2016 Global Slavery Index by the Walk Free Foundation.
And Filipino abusers and paying clients, from Australia to Canada to Germany, are outfoxing law enforcement by mixing up payment methods, turning to cryptocurrencies, and broadcasting over encrypted livestreams which cannot be traced by police.
The crime is not only growing in the Philippines, but across the region, from Cambodia to Vietnam, as the standard of English and access to technology and internet improves, activists said.