Sites hosting Hayden-Katrina sex videos 'disappear'

By Miguel Lazaro, Business Mirror Correspondent

Posted at May 24 2009 09:39 PM | Updated as of May 25 2009 05:39 AM

Local websites that were used to post the sex-scandal videos of several movie and television personalities have reportedly “disappeared” from the Net.

Palmer Mallari, executive officer of the National Bureau of Investigation’s Anti-Fraud and Computer Crimes Division, said local pornography sites that posted the sex video of Hayden Kho and Katrina Halili have shut down for fear of getting traced.

Mallari explained that the original domain-name registrants of the web sites are traceable. He added that following the proliferation of the video on the Internet, the bureau is now campaigning to purge pornography, vowing that curtains will be drawn on persons maintaining the sites with sexually explicit audio and video clips.

“There are two types of Internet video uploading: the initial and subsequent. The initial upload is from persons who first uploaded a video on the Internet.

The subsequent ones, on the other hand, are those from persons who downloaded the video from the initial site and posted it on their sites,” Mallari said.

He added: “Right now, we are waiting for the go signal to check Hayden Kho’s laptop because once the laptop is in our possession, we will be able to see if he uploaded any video on the Internet.”

Mallari also said the bureau cannot punish persons who downloaded the video clips from the Internet. However, he said those caught maintaining a porn site may be charged in court.

However, despite the measures being implemented by the authorities to stop the unauthorized distribution of the videos, people cannot seem to resist their curiosity.

In Quiapo, Manila, the so-called DVD Mecca of the country, unscrupulous traders have been raking in profits by selling DVDs of the sex videos for as much as P200 each.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim ordered over the weekend the arrest of anyone caught selling DVDs containing the controversial sex video of the two celebrities.

Meanwhile, a legislator said video or photo voyeurs who violate the privacy of individuals or abuse the trust of persons with whom they have had a relationship should be dealt with harshly by the the law.

Nacionalista Party Rep. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza of Cotabato said on Sunday: “They do not deserve the kid-gloves treatment,” as she warned that unwanted video and photo voyeurism, if left unchecked, could potentially breed more sexual violence against women and children.

To help curb electronic voyeurism, Mendoza said local governments should consider restricting video equipment, camera phones and similar recording equipment from the private areas of communal buildings, such as mall restrooms.

“When a woman or a young girl uses a restroom in a mall, school or gym, she trusts that the mall or school has taken sensible steps to safeguard her privacy,” Mendoza said.