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Philippines vows crackdown on online child sex abuse

Published on Jan 18, 2014 6:54 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines on Saturday vowed to crack down on online child sex abuse, days after a global police operation dismantled a paedophile ring that streamed live sexual abuse of Filipino children over the Internet.

Police in Britain, Australia and the Philippines on Thursday said they had jointly cracked a paedophile ring which exploited children as young as six. In some cases the victims' parents were involved.

"We will not countenance any syndicates that will prey on our minors and that they will be used... as sexual instruments. That is something that we will really pound the hammer on," President Benigno Aquino's spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters.

"Certainly, actions will be taken to address the situation. This is really a concern for us because we've always said that the youth is the future of the nation," he added.

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