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I hope this sends a message to others who produce, sell, or consume child pornography.

https://ph.yahoo.com/news/philippine-court-convicts-american-online-134118910.html

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has sentenced an American to life in prison on charges of sexually exploiting Filipino children using webcams to sell videos, photos and livestreams to buyers abroad, an official said Wednesday.

The conviction of David Timothy Deakin is a strong warning to offenders that “they could not hide even if they commit sexual exploitation crimes in cyberspace because law enforcers are collaborating worldwide to catch them," National Bureau of Investigation official Janet Francisco said.

Judge Irineo Pangilinan Jr. of the regional trial court in northern Pampanga province declared Deakin guilty of qualified human trafficking and sentenced him to life imprisonment and ordered him to pay a fine and indemnify his victims. The ruling was handed down online Tuesday because of coronavirus quarantine restrictions.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation provided the information that led to Deakin’s arrest in April 2017 in Pampanga’s Mabalacat city, Francisco said. Associated Press journalists were allowed to witness the raid on Deakin’s apartment near a red-light district and his arrest.

Francisco, who heads an anti-human trafficking force, said the raid led to the seizure of the largest amount of digital evidence related to online sexual exploitation of children in the country so far. Her agents also found children’s underwear, toddler shoes, cameras, bondage cuffs, fetish ropes, meth pipes and stacks of hard drives and photo albums in Deakin’s two-bedroom apartment.

Deakin was originally from Peoria, Illinois, and has been in the Philippines since 2000. He told the AP in an interview shortly after his arrest that he didn’t make videos of children.

The Washington, D.C.-based private group International Justice Mission said its social workers have helped bring eight of Deakin’s victims to recovery and cited one as welcoming his conviction “because he won’t be able to victimize anyone anymore.”

Samson Inocencio Jr., who heads the IJM in the Philippines, said the justice system should continue protecting vulnerable children who are unsafe during the coronavirus lockdown.

A study released by the group last week said the Philippines has emerged as a global hot spot for online child sexual exploitation, with cases increasing sharply in recent years. Parents have agreed to have their own children victimized for the money.

The webcam scheme involves pedophiles in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia who pay facilitators to sexually abuse children, even babies, in the privacy of Philippine homes. They watch and help direct the abuses through online livestreaming services.

The wide use of English, availability of internet connections and international cash transfer systems have combined with long-entrenched poverty and wide access to vulnerable children to allow many abuses to happen in the Philippines.

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Life sentence in a Filipino prison is much too good for that scum.

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31 minutes ago, Old55 said:

Life sentence in a Filipino prison is much too good for that scum.

That would depend on his age.

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These people are just sick in the head.

I hope the parents were jailed also.  Poverty is not an excuse.

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7 hours ago, graham59 said:

These people are just sick in the head.

I hope the parents were jailed also.  Poverty is not an excuse.

What a disgusting a**h*le and yes, they should arrest and jail the parents also to send a "message".  Child pornography is not justified or tolerated...period.

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He was sentenced to two years for child porn - https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1197743/american-gets-2-years-for-child-pornography

Six months after that he was finally sentenced to life, for human-trafficking - https://www.rappler.com/nation/262130-child-sex-offender-gets-life-imprisonment-human-trafficking

They mention this part as a "by the way",  but shouldn't this be the headline?!

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During the raid, the NBI also rescued two girls, age 9 and 11, who stayed at Deakin’s house.

 

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4 hours ago, Balisidar said:

What a disgusting a**h*le and yes, they should arrest and jail the parents also to send a "message".  Child pornography is not justified or tolerated...period.

This one that has been caught, makes me wonder how many other shit bags are operating out there.

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15 hours ago, RBM said:

This one that has been caught, makes me wonder how many other shit bags are operating out there.

Apparently a big rise in child abuse since quarantine. :angry:

Online child sex abuse cases spike under lockdown in Philippines

 Cases of online child sex abuse in the Philippines have tripled under coronavirus, the government said, with campaigners warning that the country's lockdown has left more children vulnerable to exploitation by human traffickers and cash-strapped relatives.

The spread of cheap, high-speed internet and the rise in mobile phone ownership has fuelled livestreamed abuse - known as cybersex trafficking - in recent years and the Philippines is considered by charities to be the epicentre of the global trade.

Officials and activists said the problem has worsened under lockdown in the capital, Manila - one of the world's longest at 11 weeks - as families have struggled to earn a living while children have been out of school and spending more time online.

The Southeast Asian nation has recorded about 15,580 cases of coronavirus and 921 deaths since the outbreak hit in January.

"Now that people are required to stay at home, many suffer from a loss of income from the shutdown," Emmeline Villar, an undersecretary at the Department of Justice (DoJ), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"(This) makes it more likely that the traffickers will engage in abusive behavior," Villar added.

From March 1 to May 24, there were 279,166 cases of online child sex abuse in the Philippines, said the DoJ, using data from the U.S.-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. There were 76,561 cases during this timeframe in 2019.

The country's justice department earlier this week urged internet service providers to install technology to block both access to and distribution of child abuse imagery.

Yet the crime is tough to crack because abuse often involves family members or friends, according to officials and activists.

"This is largely a family-based crime meaning home is a place of vulnerability and exploitation, rather than a place of safety," said Samson Inocencio, national director of the International Justice Mission (IJM) - an anti-slavery charity.

In operations supported by the IJM in the Philippines since 2011, more than half of those arrested for online child sex abuse were parents, relatives or family friends, the group said.

"Lockdowns also pose a barrier to detection because children have almost no access to teachers or community members to whom they might disclose abuse or display signs," Inocencio added.

A recent study by IJM found the prevalence of online child sex abuse in the nation rose significantly from 2014 to 2017.

A Philippines court this week sentenced a U.S. citizen based in the country, David Deakin, to life imprisonment for three counts of human trafficking. Deakin had recorded child sex abuse and sold it to foreign customers online, the authorities said.

Europe's policing agency, Europol, last week said it was concerned by a rise in paedophile activities, with EU law enforcement observing more searches for illegal websites and shutting more platforms for the exchange of child sex material.

The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) estimates 1.8 million children are sex trafficked every year - but this figure does not include victims of cybersex trafficking.

https://www.iol.co.za/technology/software-and-internet/online-child-sex-abuse-cases-spike-under-lockdown-in-philippines-48667828

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I hope he gets all the special privileges  from his fellow inmates a child abuser deserves in prison. No lower form of life than animals like him.

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