PB condemns ‘cybersex’ parents

With the raid of another cybersex den in the municipality of Cordova, the Cebu Provincial Board (PB) condemned the parents who forced their minor-children to perform lewd scenes before a live webcam for money.

In his resolution approved last Monday (June 3) session, Acting Vice Governor Julian “Teban” Daan said the ‘grooming,’ ‘luring,’ and ‘pandering’ of minors by their own parents to engage in cyber pornography does not only violate laws but also affects the moral values of the minor-victims.

“Because of what happened, there has been a serious distortion on the child-victim’s values and that they could hardly distinguish right from wrong,” Daan said quoting, the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s evaluation.

To dig deeper into the reported cyber sex crimes, PB Member Arleigh Jay Sitoy in a separate resolution, invited the Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office Officer-in-charge Evelyn Senajon, Department of Interior and Local Government 7 Provincial Director (Dir.) Jerome Gonzales, National Bureau of Intelligence (NBI) 7 Dir. Antonio Pagatpat, and Cebu Provincial Police Office Dir. Police Senior Superintendent Patrocinio Commendador to appear before the provincial board.

The raid of the cybersex den last May 26 by the authorities headed by the NBI 7 marked the second time that parents were arrested and charged with trafficking, child abuse and child pornography.

Sitoy said relevant information on whys and and wherefores of the cybercrimes in Cordova could stem if not eradicate the commission of the crime in other municipalities in the province of Cebu.

PB Member Thadeo Ouano urged the municipalities and component cities and Department of Justice to support the “Internet Patrol” against child prostitution. Internet Patrol patterns “barangay patrols,” where neighbors are actively involved in abetting or preventing prostitution by reporting to authorities suspicious actions in their community.

Ouano believed that with the increasing number of netizens, “internet patrol” may likewise find success in stopping cyberpornography.