3 women nabbed for ex­ploit­ing girls in videos meant for men in US, Aus­tralia

New Straits Times - - World -

MANILA res­cued two girls, 10 and 12, who had spent time in Deakin’s home, and made one of the largest seizures of il­licit dig­i­tal con­tent in the Philip­pines.

Dozens of hard drives and a hand­ful of com­put­ers must now be an­a­lysed to search for other pos­si­ble vic­tims, as well as buy­ers. Deakin de­nied wrong­do­ing. “They got it twisted around like some­how I was us­ing those girls,” he said af­ter his April 20 ar­rest.

The se­ries of ar­rests and res­cues un­der­score a rapidly grow­ing crime in which chil­dren, even tod­dlers, are made to re­move their clothes and touch them­selves in ob­scene ways while adults, of­ten their par­ents, train video cam­eras on them in ex­change for pay­ment from pae­dophiles abroad.

Po­lice in the Philip­pines are col­lab­o­rat­ing with their coun­ter­parts in Europe, Aus­tralia and the US to in­ves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute.

The Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice and US Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion sep­a­rately pro­vided Filipino au­thor­i­ties in­for­ma­tion

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