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CWC URGES TO REPORT CASES OF SUSPECTED CHILD SEXUAL OFFENDERS


A major crackdown on cybersex den in Mabalacat, Pampanga reveals rising abuse of children in the Philippines.

 

 


Photo Caption: FBI agent skimming through his computer on his arrest

Photo Courtesy of Aaron Favila / AP

 


53-year-old American expat David Timothy Deakin was snared by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents on April 20, 2017 in his two-storey apartment converted into a cybersex den in Pampanga.


On his arrest, the apartment was seen to have clutters of children’s underwear, toddler shoes, cameras, bondage cuffs, meth pipes and stacks of hard drives. Videos and photos of girls and boys engaged in sexual acts were retrieved from his computer.


This arrest is said to show the darkest corners of the internet where pedophiles in various parts of the world pay facilitators such as Deakin to sexually abuse children and upload exploitative images through online livestreaming services.


Apart from Deakin’s arrest in his cybersex den, there have been several bust operations in the Philippines in an attempt to arrest pedophiles and online sexual facilitators. Most of the victims are children below 12 years old and the youngest victim ever rescued was a 2-month old infant.


Deakin is now charged with child pornography, child abuse, cybercrime and child trafficking and could face life in jail if convicted.


The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) condemns the coercion and exploitation of children to perform sexual acts by any means.  CWC continuously monitors issues on children along with the cases of sexual abuse and pornography among children in cyberspace. Through the Inter-Agency Council Against Child Pornography (IACACP) chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), CWC coordinates with various agencies to protect the children from any form of sexual abuse and harassment.


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