Computer records of child sex abusers released by Philippine police.
A new video documentary produced for the Terre des Hommes Sweetie Project and released recently, gives an insight into undercover operations which locate, infiltrate and disrupt child webcam sex activities in the Philippines. One such operation led to a police action on a “cybersex den” in Iligan, in the south of the Philippines, in October 2015, during which 12 children were rescued, 5 people were arrested and several computers confiscated. It still is the largest rescue operation of its type carried out in the Philippines to date. The computers contain information about hundreds of "customers" of this so-called "cybersex den" from countries such as the US, Australia, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, France, Italy and Germany. In July the Philippine police finally obtained permission from the court to investigate the computers, which means that the information on these individuals from all over the world who have been involved in sexually abusing these children, is now available to law enforcement in their respective countries. The film gives the background to, as well as the execution of, the rescue operation and calls upon authorities to no longer restrict investigations to the victims and their pimps but to include the “customers” who are responsible for driving the ever- increasing child webcam sex trade. For as long as there is demand there will be "supply".
The latest development in which the "customer files" are made available to law enforcers to allow international prosecution is a significant move towards taking on the demand side of this crime against children.
To watch a short version of the documentary film "Children of the Webcam" click here