The Visayan Forum Foundation, which has operated in the Philippines since 1991, says it has reached out to more than 70,000 victims or potential victims of human trafficking, and provided services to, or helped rescue, more than 15,000 victims.
"The cases we handle in the Visayan Forum is always on trafficking for prostitution and domestic servitude," says Oebanda. "Now there's a new phenomenon of trafficking for cybersex. We observe that [the victims] are becoming younger and younger."
During filming, we witnessed several raids conducted by the Philippines Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking, referred to commonly as IACAT.
One of those raids involved two suspected traffickers and four teenage girls coming in to Manila aboard a passenger ferry. Officers with the Coast Guard and Port of Manila police intercepted the group before they could disembark.
"One of the [girls] is around 15 years old and another one is around 16 or 17 years old, so that's a qualified case of human trafficking," says Oebanda.
They told social workers they were heading to a city north of Manila where the trafficker planned a live show in a cybersex den and where they would be prostituted.
Oebanda and lawyers with the Philippines' Department of Justice filed charges against the two suspects, realizing it could be years before the trial is finished.
New cases like these were always heartbreaking for Maria, whose own attempts to embrace a new life were cruelly snatched away. In March this year, she died from complications as she gave birth to her second child, social workers told CNN.
One of the last things Maria said to CNN was a message to warn others.
"Please, do not to believe all the promises, especially from people you don't know, because a lot of things can happen if you leave with them."