6 – 12 years – Prison term for individuals found guilty of cybersex P1 million – Maximum fine for individuals found guilty of cybersex Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70 titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Joint efforts of the US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as well as the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Social Welfare and Development resulted in the successful conviction of an American who was sexually exploiting Filipino children.The psychological impact of cybersex is as damaging as in cases of physical abuse.Many exploited children have to deal with anxiety and depression issues, and they cannot establish proper relations with other humans. Healing process "The children need to vent out negative emotions to regain self-confidence," Shay Cullen, founder of the PREDA child protection group, told DW.Ibabao is a sleepy seaside village located 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) south of the Philippine capital Manila.Everyone knows everyone in the village, and family ties are strong. In small bamboo huts and brick houses, children are forced by neighbors or even their own impoverished parents to perform sexual acts in front of web cameras.Separately, two journalists are facing 14 years in prison for violating the country's Official Secrets Act.
The business is so lucrative that some villagers have given up fishing and factory work. Poverty and growing digital infrastructure In Southeast Asia, the cybersex industry is growing rapidly.The cybersex industry is a billion-dollar business worldwide.And it is expanding in developing countries such as the Philippines, where more children are being abused due to rampant poverty and a growing cyber network.Terre des Hommes activists registered online as "Sweetie," a computer-animated figure of a 10-year-old Filipino girl, to attract pedophiles.In just ten weeks, more than 20,000 pedophiles contacted "Sweetie" from all over the world.PREDA is using the "scream therapy" to heal the psychological wounds of the abused children.