MABALACAT, Philippines — The suspected pedophile could see people banging on his front door through his security cameras. In his computer were videos and images of young boys and girls engaged in sex acts.
Penciled on the wall, someone had scrawled "My Mom and Dad love me" and a broken heart.
Like many facets of life, the advent of the Internet and related technology is changing the sex industry and how child sex predators (hereinafter “predators”) can be tracked down.
Prostitutes can now use the Internet not only to advertise their services but also to avoid danger.
The relatively new crime of webcam sex tourism is spreading rapidly, with new digital technologies sparking what the United Nations calls an "alarming growth of new forms of child sexual exploitation online." The FBI says it's epidemic, and that at any given moment, 750,000 child predators are online.
Almost every case stems from the Philippines, where good English speakers, increased internet connections and widespread international cash transfer systems combine with widespread poverty and easy access to vulnerable kids.
Many are forced to work in Thailand's sex industry and in labor intensive sectors such as fishing, construction, and agriculture, where they are sometimes subject to abuse, according to investigations by rights groups and the media.
Jeremy Douglas, regional representative of the UNODC, said recent intelligence showed a shift in child sex abuse webcam centers to Thailand from the Philippines, where authorities have tried to crack down on the illegal trade."It used to be the Philippines but through some of our interviews we've found that it's moving here and we're seeing some intelligence indicate that a move of people setting up operations in Thailand is happening," Douglas told Reuters. children's agency said in a 2016 report poor families in the Philippines were pushing their children into performing live sex online for pedophiles around the globe, calling it a form of "child slavery".
Effect on Efforts to Catch Child Sex Predators Predators have learned that the Internet is a potential source of victims.
This is evident in their use of chat rooms to search for potential victims and in the rise of webcam sex tourism.
"No matter how safe you think your child is, when a predator has their eyes on your child they are not safe," she said.
She said her son had become a recluse since the incident and had difficulty trusting males, including teachers and her son's bright and bubbly nature had changed.