Sex abuse also happens online, NBI warns

by Ria de Fiesta,

Posted at Jan 18 2014 12:42 AM | Updated as of Jan 18 2014 11:29 AM

MANILA -- Lack of physical contact does not excuse anyone from committing abuse when it comes to pornography, cybersex crimes, and pedophilia, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Friday.

In an interview on radio dzMM, NBI Cybercrime Division chief Atty. Ronald Aguto on Friday said that said molestation or abuse happens every time photos and videos of victims of pornography are uploaded in the Internet.

"People have cited poverty as the reason why they have immersed themselves in this illegal activity, saying there is no harm being done because there is no physical contact. I disagree," Aguto said.

Pornography online can also be attributed to the lack of information dissemination on its possible emotional damage to children, according to Aguto.

"There should be an information campaign about the issue, so that parents and their children can be aware of the negative effects this can have on them," Aguto said.

Aguto, meanwhile, said not all involved in child pornography are foreigners.

He said the NBI last year arrested a 27-year-old college dropout from Butuan, who had in his possession more or less 15,000 child pornography images during his arrest.

According to Aguto, the Philippine National Police and NBI have heightened their campaign against cybercrime, in coordination with an interagency council against child pornography.

They have also gained good leads against child porn and cybersex operators, he said.

"We urge the public to report any knowledge about child pornographers or any transactions involving them, at 5238231 local 3455, or they may visit our website," Aguto said.