Most children enjoy spending an afternoon playing outside with friends. For Joy*, however, playtime stops as soon as she is called by her mother. When she arrives at her home, the web camera and computer have already been set up and connected to the internet. A man appears on the computer screen.
Following her mother's directives, Joy would act out in a sexually suggestive manner in front of the camera. Her mother would always tell her not to worry, saying that it was just a man on a computer. He couldn't harm her.
A man on a computer screen can't hurt you.
Joy's mother also convinced 2 of her friends, Tinay*, 11, and She*, 8, to participate in the same activities. "We can earn a lot," she would tell them. Joy's parents would be paid in dollars. After each session in front of the computer, Joy's mother would give Tinay and She their cut.
Joy's parents were eventually caught by authorities. "This is our only means of livelihood," was all her father could say. He was a factory worker who had lost his job.