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Philippines warns no let-up against 'sextortion' syndicates

Published on May 3, 2014 3:20 PM
 
Philippine police chief of cyber crime division Gilbert Sosa (centre) answers questions from members of the media, while Philippine police chief Alan Purisima (left) and US ICE, HSI attache William Wallwrapp listen, during a press conference at the police headquarters in Manila on May 2, 2014. The Philippine government has warned criminal groups involved in online "sextortion" activities that authorities will go after them. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA - The Philippine government has warned criminal groups involved in online "sextortion" activities that authorities will go after them.

Fifty-eight people - all Filipinos and mostly men - were arrested in simultaneous operations in northern Philippines on April 30 for their alleged involvement in industrial-style businesses that blackmailed hundreds of people around the world, luring them on social media before extracting sexually explicit information or images from them.

"The apprehension of the 58 suspects allegedly involved in sextortion activities is a product of our continued coordination with other law enforcement agencies like the Interpol (International Police). We hope that this sends a strong message that we do not tolerate exploitation in our shores," Xinhua news agency quoted Deputy Presidential spokesman Abigail Valte as saying on Saturday.

She reminded Filipinos to be aware of the modus operandi to avoid falling victim to such activities, said the Xinhua report.

 
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