Accused child webcam cybersex operator David Timothy Deakin was detained after a raid last month in Mabalacat, Philippines. Penciled on the wall, someone had scrawled ‘‘My Mom and Dad love me’’ and a broken heart.By Martha Mendoza and Jim Gomez Associated Press May 09, 2017 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.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.There have been as many as three busts per week there this spring."Any male who has sex with another male for whatever reason, is at risk."Two out of three new HIV infections were among 15 to 24 year-old men, who she said had insufficient awareness of HIV, its symptoms and treatment.Most of the men had their first sexual encounter at 16 years old and only get tested for HIV eight years later, she said.
At the reception desk, Angel asked me to wait on a tan faux-leather bench where some trainees were chatting jovially in Tagalog about getting their IDs, while Angel spoke to her compliance officer to get clearance for me to go inside.
At the age of 15, Angel began connecting with foreign men in chat rooms. “They told me ‘Angel, it’s really nice to chat with the foreign guys because you can earn money.’” For several hours every day, Angel is online with men from North America and Europe.
“They tell me that, ‘I will send you money if you show me your body, your naked body,’ and yes I will show it, and they will send me money.” The world he and his friends inhabit is the seedy collection of internet cafes, some of them with private cubicles, where teenagers can ‘perform’ on web-cams for foreign customers.
Close by the new internet cafes that have been springing up in local cities, are the offices of remittance companies, where the teenagers can be paid instantly by their overseas clients.
“I support my mother together with my sister and her kids, and my grandmother,” said Angel’s friend, Katrina, who has found himself the family’s bread winner at age 17.