Cebu couple defends child porn business

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2011 09:43 PM | Updated as of Jun 17 2011 04:30 PM

CEBU, Philippines - The parents of 6 children who were told to strip and perform lewd acts in front of a web camera in exchange for money said they saw nothing wrong with the child porn and cybersex business.

The couple, whose identities have been withheld to protect their children, have been charged with human trafficking, child abuse, and pornography.

They will be arraigned at the Lapu-Lapu court in Cebu on June 22.

The victims' mother said the public should not judge them.

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents and U.S. Homeland Security officers raided the victims' home in Cordova, Cebu, and rescued the children aged 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15 years old.

Authorities said the parents were getting US$25 from each cybersex customer.

According to the head of the NBI's Behavioral Science Unit, Dr. Josephine Gatdula, the victims were not aware that they were being abused by their own parents.

"They should undergo counseling to re-orient them kung ano ang tama at mali," she said.

Amihan Abueva, president of End Child Prostitution and Trafficking, said the abuse will have psychological effects on the children.

"Akala nila (parents) dahil walang direktang physical contact, walang epekto sa mga bata, pero actually malalim ang nagiging psychological effect," she added.

The victims are now under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

"Hinahanapan ngayon ng Philippine Women's Commission ng maayos na paaralan ang mga bata kung saan mabubuhay sila ng normal," said Cebu Vice-Governor Agnes Magpale. - Report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News