Expats behind cybersex racket in Davao City

August 10, 2011 9:36 pm 

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 10 — Several groups of expatriates holing up in Davao City are behind many porn sites and sex-for-sale cyberspace sites.

Pedro B. Cabatingan, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Davao, said these groups are here and if this racket is not stopped, our city would soon become one of the world’s major capitals for cyberspace porn sex operation.

Cabatingan said only last week a police operation jointly carried out by the CIDG regional office and the CIDG Task Force Maverick based at Camp Crame in Quezon City raided the Cyber City Teleservices here for allegedly running a porn business and selling sex toys in the internet where 700 computer units and servers were seized.

The search warrant was issued by Judge Isaac G. Robillo Jr. of the Regional Trial Court branch 11 in Davao City against Cyber City Teleservices, a pioneering Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company here, for allegedly running a porn site.

The BPO firm was allegedly selling pornographic sites, penis enhancers with free pornographic DVD (Digital Versatile/Video Disc) and sex toys, among others.

Cabatingan said some employees of the BPO firm will be charged with violation of Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code in relation to Republic Act 8792 or the Electronic Commerce Act of 2000.

On the other hand, Cyber City has denied the charges.

The Davao City-based source who begged anonymity who runs one of the biggest BPO and call center business here, said the group once offered him to use his facility for its porn business which he declined.

Pornography, he said, violates his company’s corporate social responsibility on illicit trade and morality.

“The offer was financially tempting but I refused them,” said the source.

He alleged that the members of the group are still in the city. However, he declined to name the group or its members or their nationality.

Another source, who also declined to be identified, said the cybersex operators either come on tourist visas or working visas for dubious companies, then hole up in hotels or rent houses where they run their operation.

“The sad fact is that many local girls, including minors, are being used for the porn sites,” the source said.

Davao City has several groups of expatriates here composed of Americans, British, Japanese, Koreans, Chinese and Indians and other foreign nationals.

With its booming tourism industry, the tourism department has noted a steep rise in arrivals of foreign nationals. (PNA) DCT/LAM/RMB/ldp

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