11 held in child porn raids in Manila

Philippine authorities said yesterday that they had detained 11 people in raids on two fake call centre businesses that sold child pornography online to global clients.

The country's National Bureau of Investigation said that the two Manila businesses had used nude pictures of children and adults to entice people to subscribe to pornographic websites, AFP reported.

"They were caught in flagrante (in the act of wrongdoing)," said Mr Ronald Aguto, head of the bureau's cyber crime unit, in reference to the 11 Filipinos who had been detained in the overnight raids on Tuesday.

"Some of the computers contained child pornography as well as adult pornography."

Some of the nude photographs on the computers were of unidentified Filipino children aged between 12 and 16, said Mr Aguto.

The businesses received a commission of US$5 (S$6) for each subscription and together earned more than US$8,000 a day, he said.


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