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Online child porn threatens Cebu

First Posted 08:05:00 03/09/2011

Online child pornography is a real threat in Cebu with Cordova town in Mactan island having the highest incidence of sex trafficking of minors.
Cordova was the venue of yesterday?s celebration of International Women?s Day.

Lawyer Noemi Truya-Abarientos, spokesperson of the Children?s Legal Bureau (CBL), said Cordova was chosen the venue of their forum due to the ?prevelance? of the problem there.

Online child pornography?which involves the use of the Internet, video cameras and luring children to pose nude? is a trend in the province and the rest of the country.

?(Some) foreigners think that they will go unpunished. With the advent of technology, it is now easy to view naked children online. And it is always done with the cooperation of local residents who get the victims,? Abarientos said.

Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009 was approved last November but local officials lack political will to enforce it, she said.

She said ?most? of the suspects involved in human trafficking and child pornography are foreigners.

Aside from Cordova town, Abarientos said most child-trafficking cases occur in Minglanilla town in south Cebu and the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Talisay.

Provincial Board (PB) Member Agnes Magpale said Cordova town?s proximity to Metro Cebu makes it a prime target for online pornography.

Magpale, chairman of the PB women?s and children?s committee, said their research showed that Cordova leads Cebu in the most number of trafficking cases.

She called on Cebuanos to remain vigilant of this threat to the safety of children and women.

A provincial ordinance aimed to stem this abuse requires the registration of all job recruiters at the barangay level in Cebu.

Magpale said the list will be forwarded to their office so they can conduct a conduct a background check on them.

Cordova Vice Mayor Rodrigo Jumao-as said the town enforces a curfew for minors starting last year requiring children to stay in their houses from 10 p.m to 5 a.m.

Another ordinance requires Internet cafés to install a firewall to prevent online users from accessing pornographic sites.


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