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Center launched to fight vs online crimes vs kids


Manila - Personnel of local and internatio­nal law enforcemen­t agencies gathered Wednesday, February 27, at the national police agency headquarte­rs for the establishm­ent of the first Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center (Picacc) in Camp Crame.

The Philippine National Police Women and Children's Protection Center (PNP-WCPC), the National Bureau of Investigat­ion Anti Human-Traffickin­g Division (NBI-AHTRAD), the Australian Federal Police, Internatio­nal Justice Mission, and the United Kingdom National Crime Agency, together with several non-government organizati­ons, have partnered for the establishm­ent of Picacc, as they aim to combat online exploitati­on of children and human traffickin­g.

The agencies said the Online Sexual Exploitati­on of Children (Osec) is one of the most alarming forms of human traffickin­g in the country where sex offenders and predators from anywhere in the world can search online and pay for live sexual abuse.

The PNP said that in 2017 alone, the Philippine­s received 45,645 reports for missing and exploited children related to Osec, in which 50 percent of the rescued victims were ages 12 and below.

The Picacc will serve as the center and connectivi­ty for all WCPC and AHTRAD regional offices where they will be providing national and internatio­nal support element to those involved in investigat­ion and operation against online exploitati­on of children.

The center will enhance the capability and connectivi­ty of the agencies in relation to the Osec, said the PNP. PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde lauded its establishm­ent.

“This is the very reason kung bakit tayo merong mga cooperatio­n na ginagawa rito with our foreign counterpar­ts at lahat ng resources to upgrade ng ating equipment ay ginagawa natin para maiwasan natin ito and at the same time, meron tayong unit na nito na ACG (Anti-Cybercrime Group) at saka yung WCPC, kaya although inaamin na medyo talagang mahina pa tayo rito but nasa process pa tayo na iniimprove ang ating technology, that's why we have this partnershi­p with our foreign counterpar­ts,” he said.

WCPC head Chief Superinten­dent William Macavinta said the establishm­ent of Picacc is a "collective global law enforcemen­t effort" to detect perpetrato­rs and protect the minors.

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