How to make money with cybersex and webcamming
in which people entrusted with power – such as government officials, judges, educators, law enforcement personnel, and employers – seek to extort sexual favors in exchange for something within their authority to grant or withhold.Social media and text messages are often the source of the sexual material and the threatened means of sharing it with others.Other people in the community who heard there was money to be made then brought their children too.At a house nearby there were family photos on the walls, washing still hanging on the line, but it was deserted.While some children are forced to take part by their own family, others are made to work in cybersex dens by pimps. “The cybersex den is an evil kind of profession,” she told us.Her aunt promised her a job as a nanny, but when she got to the house she was told she had to “chat” to foreigners.A BBC team travelled to the slum of Ibabao, near Cebu City in the south of the country.‘Easy money’ Local charities call it the “epicentre” of the trade.
The video is recorded by the cybercriminal, who then reveals their true intent and demands money or other services (such as more explicit images of the victim, in cases of online predation), threatening to publicly release the video and send it to family members and friends of the victim if they do not comply.Father Shay Cullen, who runs the Preda Foundation – a charity that rescues victims in the nearby city of Olongapo – said: “More and more parents are pushing their children to get involved in this, to make big money.“There’s a huge growing demand and there’s a growing supply.” The Philippine government estimates that between 60,000 and 100,000 children are victims of sexual exploitation, many of them in cybersex.He is now serving an eight-and-a-half year sentence in a UK prison.
When detectives analysed his laptop, they found obscene images and records of money transfers to the parents – he had paid to watch the abuse of five of the children.
Noemi Truya-Abarientos, who works for the Children’s Legal Bureau aiming to provide judicial help for abuse victims, said: “It has become a cottage industry.” She blamed poverty and a breakdown in public morality for the rise in the trade, explaining that local businessmen rented out laptops and USB internet connections, so it was easy for families to start.