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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25729140

 

Very sad state of affairs

 

 

British paedophiles are paying to watch the abuse of children in the Philippines via webcams, a BBC investigation has found.

In one case, a British man organised the sexual abuse of five children from the same family.

Charities believe tens of thousands of children are victims of the trade.

On Thursday, Britain's National Crime Agency will reveal how it is working with the American, Australian and Philippine police to target abusers.

A BBC team travelled to the slum of Ibabao, near Cebu City in the south of the country.

'Easy money'

Local charities call it the "epicentre" of the trade.

For our own safety, we had a police escort; one of the officers carried an assault rifle.

Officer Denis Comunay, who regularly patrols the slum, said: "You can get easy money from the cybersex."

He showed us a small house, with a corrugated iron roof.

It was almost empty inside apart from a dirty mattress on the floor and electric sockets hanging from the ceiling.

It was what he calls a cybersex den.

"Fathers and mothers would bring their children here to show, and would get paid by the owner of the house," he said.

He explained the property owner forced her own children to "perform" for foreigners using a webcam.

 

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Angus Crawford visits a refuge for victims of cybersex abuse in the city of Cebu

 

Other people in the community who heard there was money to be made then brought their children too.

At a house nearby there were family photos on the walls, washing still hanging on the line, but it was deserted.

It too was raided by police - a child of two was taken into care.

Public morality

All of the neighbours said they were shocked to hear about the cases but denied they knew what was going on.

One said: "How can I know when the house is closed and I did not get inside and see what they are doing?"

But a recent survey indicated that 80 houses in the area were involved in the trade.

Noemi Truya-Abarientos, who works for the Children's Legal Bureau aiming to provide judicial help for abuse victims, said: "It has become a cottage industry."

She blamed poverty and a breakdown in public morality for the rise in the trade, explaining that local businessmen rented out laptops and USB internet connections, so it was easy for families to start.

_72282466_police_patrol_3.jpgThe abuse took place in slum areas

Parents use internet chatrooms to find "clients" and receive payment through international money transfers.

They justify what they do by claiming that foreign paedophiles do not actually touch the children.

Noemi said this was a myth. "The client gives the instruction to touch this and touch that.

"They even send sex toys to these children."

In Angeles City in the north of the country there were two houses in a slum area raided in 2012 by police from the UK, the Philippines, Australia and the US, showing that law enforcement around the world is starting to tackle the problem.

One neighbour said: "They arrest this person and put them in a van and they take the children away."

Twelve children aged between five and 15 were rescued and several of their relatives were arrested.

'Growing demand'

The operation followed the arrest of British man Timothy Ford, from Kettering, in Northamptonshire, the same year. He is now serving an eight-and-a-half year sentence in a UK prison.

_72302254_timothyford.jpgA number of children were rescued after the arrest of Briton Timothy Ford

When detectives analysed his laptop, they found obscene images and records of money transfers to the parents - he had paid to watch the abuse of five of the children.

He paid as little as £13 to watch what he called "a show".

Officers found he planned to buy property in the area and set up an internet cafe.

Father Shay Cullen, who runs the Preda Foundation - a charity that rescues victims in the nearby city of Olongapo - said: "More and more parents are pushing their children to get involved in this, to make big money.

"There's a huge growing demand and there's a growing supply."

The Philippine government estimates that between 60,000 and 100,000 children are victims of sexual exploitation, many of them in cybersex.

While some children are forced to take part by their own family, others are made to work in cybersex dens by pimps.

This is what happened to Lani when she was 15. "The cybersex den is an evil kind of profession," she told us.

Her aunt promised her a job as a nanny, but when she got to the house she was told she had to "chat" to foreigners.

The "chat" soon turned into demands for her to take off her clothes and "perform" for the men watching on the webcam.

_72282482_72282481.jpgLani was forced to perform on webcams aged 15

"Perhaps when people hear about cybersex they think it doesn't have any physical effect," she said.

"But it can do things to your core. It can take things from you, your dignity and your purity."

Father Cullen warns that men in the West who pay to watch abuse in poor countries may go on to commit other offences.

"It's the warm-up for a sexual assault on a child," he said.

"And next time it's going to be a child in the UK."

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broden

sad thing is the kids have no where to go. they need to be taken from the parents (aside from the parents being at least jailed of course) for sure but then where do they go. 

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Dragonladies.org

This is more common than you think.    Crucifying the perverts helps in the short term, make them FEAR turning on a computer...but they are sickos, they will do it anyway.    I doubt you can stop the families or other adults from doing this?

If they can't use them to make money online as kiddies, they just wait a while, and force them into the bars, or streets, or some two camel country as a DH.     Fix the #[email protected]$%!!! country, you corrupt #@!!#%%, and stop pimping out your children and workers.

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Brucewayne

I knew there was a problem here, but not to this extent.

This would be a great cause for foreigners who want to make a difference, but don't have direction.

It is idiots like these who give everyone a bad name and children nightmares instead of a future.

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Three Australians involved in live child sex abuse webcam ring dismantled by police

Updated 25 minutes ago

 

Three Australians were part of a webcam ring which allowed paedophiles to pay to watch children as young as six being sexually abused in the Philippines.

The crime ring has been dismantled after a joint investigation by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

A total of 29 people were arrested, including two West Australian men and one Sydney man who was arrested by the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok.

The investigation turned up hundreds of thousands of images and videos depicting online child sexual exploitation, including children as young as six.

The Australians allegedly financed and ordered the child exploitation shows, which were organised by an organised crime group in the Philippines.

One of the Australians, a 53-year-old from West Perth, was sentenced in October 2013 to 24 months in jail with a minimum term of 12 months.

A 52-year-old man from Como in Western Australia has pleaded guilty to offences including accessing, transmitting and making available child exploitation material.

He will be sentenced on January 24.

The abuse involved 15 children in the Philippines aged between six and 15.

Of the 29 people arrested, 11 were part of the facilitation group in the Philippines.

Some of the facilitators were members of the children's own families.

Children 'rescued from living nightmare'

AFP Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris has described the crimes as "abhorrent".

"The use of online media to drive these types of crimes is a sinister development," he said in a statement.

"To target the most vulnerable members of the community in this way cannot be tolerated in any society.

The group responsible for these heinous crimes mistakenly believed that they could use technology to avoid detection, but they were wrong.

James Dinkins

 

"It's abhorrent that these crimes occur and it is our duty as police and the wider community to ensure that every possible measure is taken to identify and assist the victims and to identify and take action against the perpetrators."

ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executive associate director James Dinkins says the children were "rescued from a living nightmare".

"The group responsible for these heinous crimes mistakenly believed that they could use technology to avoid detection, but they were wrong," he said.

"We will continue to work tirelessly with our international law enforcement partners across jurisdictions and national boundaries to protect children anywhere in the world and bring criminals to justice regardless of where they live."

All of the victims rescued were placed in the custody of the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Routine visit to sex offender's house sparked investigation

The investigation began after British police carried out a routine visit at the home of registered sex offender Timothy Ford.

Police found a number of child exploitation videos on computers in his home, sparking a global investigation which led police to the Philippines.

The AFP and other organisations were contacted for help in August 2012.

Police say that in addition to paying for the live abuse of children, Ford planned on moving to the Philippines to set up an internet cafe.

Investigations into his activities and the wider customer network he was associated with identified other suspects including a man named Thomas Owen.

Owen was found to be in possession of nearly 4 million indecent images of children.

Evidence shows Ford and Owen discussed online how they could travel to the Philippines to abuse children.

In one chat log Ford, who uses a wheelchair, suggests that Owen could act as his carer so they could travel to the Philippines together in an attempt to avoid detection.

Within the UK there have been 17 arrests which have so far resulted in five convictions, including Ford and Owen.

Ford was sentenced in March to eight-and-a-half years in prison, while Owen was sentenced to seven years in jail last July.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-16/australians-arrested-as-police-smash-online-child-sex-abuse-ring/5203044

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Paul

How are these sick fecks making contact with the families?

Meeting a girl on DIA and telling her that they will pay her to let someone do such a thing to her child on webcam? 

 

I mean, this shows how sick the pedos are. But, what's worse is, it shows how much sicker the damn families are, to even allow such a thing to happen!! 

 

We are the first people a child learns to trust - their parents. If they can't trust us, they can trust no one. 


I have to say, if I ever were to find myself in a situation where I caught someone doing that, I am afraid that I would beat the person committing the crime, to death. I really and truly do not believe I could control the anger I would feel toward that person.

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All of the neighbours said they were shocked to hear about the cases but denied they knew what was going on. One said: "How can I know when the house is closed and I did not get inside and see what they are doing?"

 

Anybody who has ever spent any time in the slums will understand what a totally ridiculous statement this is.

 

Everyone knows everybodies movements and 'business' - it's impossible to keep something like this a secret.

 

Perhaps if the government (that is to say the elite) would do something to alleviate the terrible living conditions for the poor, they would have a better alternative.  It's easy enough to blame the parents, but a lot of these people don't know any better, and they have to eat. 

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ed villas
Fix the #[email protected]$%!!! country, you corrupt #@!!#%%, and stop pimping out your children and workers.

so very true..

 

 ITS just sick that this happens ,

this type of abuse is TERRIBLE,

my next statement  is not to FLAME OR ANGER

.at least they didnt come here to do this C#$%^  as then it would create more hardships for the ones who live here

 

 

 

here is the story as some members dont have a stable or fast connection

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-16/australians-arrested-as-police-smash-online-child-sex-abuse-ring/5203044

 

Three Australians were part of a webcam ring which allowed paedophiles to pay to watch children as young as six being sexually abused in the Philippines.

The crime ring has been dismantled after a joint investigation by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

A total of 29 people were arrested, including two West Australian men

and one Sydney man who was arrested by the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok.

The investigation turned up hundreds of thousands of images and videos depicting online child sexual exploitation, including children as young as six.

The Australians allegedly financed and ordered the child exploitation shows,

which were organised by an organised crime group in the Philippines.

One of the Australians, a 53-year-old from West Perth, was sentenced in October 2013 to 24 months in jail with a minimum term of 12 months.

A 52-year-old man from Como in Western Australia has pleaded guilty to offences including accessing, transmitting and making available child exploitation material.

He will be sentenced on January 24.

The abuse involved 15 children in the Philippines aged between six and 15.

Of the 29 people arrested, 11 were part of the facilitation group in the Philippines.

Some of the facilitators were members of the children's own families.

Children 'rescued from living nightmare'

AFP Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris has described the crimes as "abhorrent".

"The use of online media to drive these types of crimes is a sinister development," he said in a statement.

"To target the most vulnerable members of the community in this way cannot be tolerated in any society.

The group responsible for these heinous crimes mistakenly believed that they could use technology to avoid detection, but they were wrong.

James Dinkins

 

"It's abhorrent that these crimes occur and it is our duty as police and the wider community to ensure that every possible measure is taken to identify and assist the victims and to identify and take action against the perpetrators."

ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executive associate director James Dinkins says the children were "rescued from a living nightmare".

"The group responsible for these heinous crimes mistakenly believed that they could use technology to avoid detection, but they were wrong," he said.

"We will continue to work tirelessly with our international law enforcement partners across jurisdictions and national boundaries to protect children anywhere in the world and bring criminals to justice regardless of where they live."

All of the victims rescued were placed in the custody of the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Routine visit to sex offender's house sparked investigation

The investigation began after British police carried out a routine visit at the home of registered sex offender Timothy Ford.

Police found a number of child exploitation videos on computers in his home, sparking a global investigation which led police to the Philippines.

The AFP and other organisations were contacted for help in August 2012.

Police say that in addition to paying for the live abuse of children,

Ford planned on moving to the Philippines to set up an internet cafe.

Investigations into his activities and the wider customer network he was associated with identified other suspects including a man named Thomas Owen.

Owen was found to be in possession of nearly 4 million indecent images of children.

Evidence shows Ford and Owen discussed online how they could travel to the Philippines to abuse children.

In one chat log Ford, who uses a wheelchair, suggests that Owen could act as his carer so they could travel to the Philippines together in an attempt to avoid detection.

Within the UK there have been 17 arrests which have so far resulted in five convictions, including Ford and Owen.

Ford was sentenced in March to eight-and-a-half years in prison,

while Owen was sentenced to seven years in jail last July.

Hans Guijit from the children's charity, Terre des Hommes, told the BBC that the abusers were exploiting desperate people.

"These people are poor and this is all about survival.

For them, they think it the only way out of the poverty trap," he said.

"There is a huge demand for this kind of sexual activities - at any given moment in time there are 750,000 men looking to engage children into this kind of sexual activities."

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-16/australians-arrested-as-police-smash-online-child-sex-abuse-ring/5203044

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Skywalker

 

 

I have to say, if I ever were to find myself in a situation where I caught someone doing that, I am afraid that I would beat the person committing the crime, to death. I really and truly do not believe I could control the anger I would feel toward that person.

 

I understand your strength of feeling Paul. I also understand from various agencies, that Cambodia is a major Country for child sexual exploitation.

 

What I don't see, is any real will, by the Governments in place, to actually really tackle the problem.  Perhaps they are more interested in the tourist revenue that comes with this terrible crime.

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I understand your strength of feeling Paul. I also understand from various agencies, that Cambodia is a major Country for child sexual exploitation.

Unfortunately, it is just that. What makes it worse is, I have personally met three (3) known and convicted pedos since I have lived here. The absolute worst part is, I met them while they were STILL IN CAMBODIA! For some reason, the country does not deport them after they have served their time in jail.

 

 

What I don't see, is any real will, by the Governments in place, to actually really tackle the problem.  Perhaps they are more interested in the tourist revenue that comes with this terrible crime.

To my knowledge, Cambodia doesn't even have a "black list". So, if they kick one of these low lifes out of the country, they can come back in, without any issues.

 

Now, THAT would make you want to beat your head against a brick wall.

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panther

That evil beaver lives 6 miles from my house in the u.k ,his house will have been trashed by now hopefully which is what happens when a scumbag is uncovered.

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Skywalker

I suspect that having his house trashed is probably the least of his worries right now!

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Art

I knew there was a problem here, but not to this extent.

This would be a great cause for foreigners who want to make a difference, but don't have direction.

 

How would a foreigner help to make a difference I have often thought about this as I have had 4 kids of my own and it hurts me when I see children suffer?    A kid growing up destitute is also child abuse.  As the report says it was easy money and that is the attraction for the parents.  The harm is invisible and takes years to manifest robbing a child of their right to a safe life.  I am overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.  I wouldn't know where to begin and I am also fearful that someone would misunderstand my interest so I do nothing. 

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How would a foreigner help to make a difference I have often thought about this as I have had 4 kids of my own and it hurts me when I see children suffer?    A kid growing up destitute is also child abuse.  As the report says it was easy money and that is the attraction for the parents.  The harm is invisible and takes years to manifest robbing a child of their right to a safe life.  I am overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.  I wouldn't know where to begin and I am also fearful that someone would misunderstand my interest so I do nothing. 

 

That is possibly the reason we have done nothing.

Either way, we all pay for this one way or another and it would seem that we are helplessly stuck between the accusers and the accused.

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I suspect that having his house trashed is probably the least of his worries right now!

 

But, it's the thought that counts. I hope he was in it at the time they trashed it.

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