Parents order their own kids to perform cybersex for money

( Six children in Cordova town, Cebu, were rescued from their own parents who encouraged and ordered them to perform cybersex, reports ABS-CBN News. Officers from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the US Homeland Security raided the victims' home and rescued the children aged 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15 years old.

According to the report, Regional Director of NBI-Cebu Lawyer Edward Villarta was surprised that the victims’ parents were behind the whole affair. He said that the children "performed" in front of the webcam from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily. "Sila (The parents) ang nagdi-direct ng mga poses, kung ano ang gagawin (The parents tell them what to do and how to pose)." ABS-CBN also revealed that the parents received US$25 from every viewer.

The parents admitted that they entered the cybersex business when they lost their jobs three years ago. According to Cebu Daily News, the mother, who is six months pregnant, asked for forgiveness and promised to put an end to the business.  Both parents are at the Cebu City jail facing charges of human trafficking, child abuse and pornography. The children, on the other hand, are in the custody of the Provincial Women's Commission.

In an Inquirer report, Cordova parish priest Fr. Alvin Lao said there are more cybersex dens in and outside Cordova, explaining that the business proliferates because it serves as easy income. To address the matter, Cebu officials have begun a value and education campaign at the barangay level. Considering the age of the youngest victim, they have created modules easily understandable by children.


For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBN News, Cebu Daily News, and the Philippine Daily Inquirer. 

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