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Two detained in Philippines in online child abuse raid

Published on Feb 26, 2014 8:48 PM
 
Mothers accompany their children to a day care center, next to the now abandoned house (back) that used to streamed live sex acts of children to paedophiles watching online overseas, in the village of Ibabao in Cordova town, Cebu provnce in central Philippines on Jan 21, 2014. Four minors have been rescued and two suspects detained in the Philippines following a raid on an apartment where children were made to disrobe for Internet cameras, the judicial officials said on Wednesday, Jan 26, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - Four minors have been rescued and two suspects detained in the Philippines following a raid on an apartment where children were made to disrobe for Internet cameras, the judicial officials said on Wednesday.

The Manila raid followed a tip-off from the United States Department of Homeland Security, said Mr Dante Bonoan, anti-human trafficking division chief of the justice department's National Bureau of Investigation.

"The exploited minors were asked to show their sex parts to their clients," he told reporters, adding that the website's paid subscribers were mostly from the United States, Canada and European countries.

Police say the Philippines is a key centre of the fast-growing global industry that streams live images of children forced to commit sex acts for paedophiles abroad, with thousands of children in the impoverished nation abused.

 
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