Philippine police sets its sights on busting pedophile Ring
by FFE PH News Staff
International police groups have just uncovered a cybersex ring in the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police (PNP) has vowed on Thursday to help round up the criminals.
Operation Endeavour is an international investigation of cybersex syndicates involving a number of police in countries like America, Britain and Australia. This was initiated by the UK’s National Crime Agency after it uncovered obscene videos of children being abused live on the internet.
Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Mar Roxas announced on Thursday that the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group will focus on investigations surrounding the syndicate in the country. The criminals are said to be targeting underage Filipino girls.
The secretary said ‘Tututukan natin ito at kawawang-kawawa ang mga kabataan natin na nalalagay sa alanganin.’
Meanwhile, PNP Anti-Cybercrime head senior superintendent Gilbert Sosa said ‘[child prostitution] has become a major problem in the Philippines, where in some cases even the parents are involved.’ He added that extreme poverty is driving many children into prostitution.
Sosa said they believe that the business of cybersex dens is centralised in Cebu, but he gave no other details to avoid compromising the operations.
Operation Endeavour has already investigated 12 countries and arrested 29 individuals found to be involved in the syndicate, 11 of which are based in the Philippines. 17 of the arrested individuals are British nationals, and five have already been convicted. Ongoing investigations have identified 733 other suspects. 15 children aged six to 15 have so far been rescued.
Deputy director of the National Crime Agency’s child exploitation and online protection command Andy Baker said ‘Protecting the victims of abuse is our priority and that means attacking every link in the chain, from dismantling the organised groups who are motivated by profit through to targeting their customers.’