43 nabbed in cybersex raids in Bataan
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine authorities on Wednesday, September 17, arrested 43 people during a raid on 6 cybersex sites in Bataan, reports from the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) said.
The joint operation was conducted by the Naval Intelligence Security Force (NISF) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), supported by the PAOCC.
The joint team, which raided 6 sites in Dinalupihan, Bataan, arrested 43 people and seized 115 sets of computers.
The suspects were brought to the NBI headquarters in Manila and will be charged for violation of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, a bailable offense.
Judge Richard R. Paradeza of Regional Trial Court Branch 72 in Olongapo City issued the search warrants for the sites on September 10, 2014.
In February, the NBI raided 3 separate cybersex sites in Metro Manila, one of them right beside a school. That same month, authorities raided another site in Navotas City, after being tipped off by the United States Homeland Security.
Philippine cybsersex operations drew international attention in January after the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency (NCA) disclosed details of an international investigation on the issue, which led to the arrest of 11 people in the country. (READ: Int'l police probe PH child sex abuse ring) – Rappler.com