Children’s underwear, toddler shoes, cameras, bondage cuffs, fetish ropes, meth pipes and stacks of hard drives and photo albums cluttered the stuffy, two-bedroom townhouse. ” from the laptop on his bed, the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation smashed their way into his cybersex den.They tied him up with the first thing they could grab, an i Phone charging cord, before he could hit the button.
Deakin’s arrest on April 20 reveals one of the darkest corners of the internet, where pedophiles in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia pay facilitators on the other side of the world to sexually abuse children, even babies, directing their moves through online livestreaming services.
The relatively new crime of webcam sex tourism is spreading rapidly, with new digital technologies sparking what the United Nations calls an “alarming growth of new forms of child sexual exploitation online.” The FBI says it’s epidemic, and that at any given moment, 750,000 child predators are online.
Two years later, he moved there for a job setting up internet service providers and installing Blackmagic livestreaming production programs.
“The office computers were full of pornography,” Deakin would write to Filipino authorities three years later, when an inter-office argument led to immigration charges.
FBI agents looking for abusers search Bit Torrent to spot people sharing exploitive images.
Hours after his arrest, wrists tied behind his back, Deakin grew nervous.
Almost every case stems from the Philippines, where good English speakers, increased internet connections and widespread international cash transfer systems combine with widespread poverty and easy access to vulnerable kids.
There have been as many as three busts a week there this spring.
MABALACAT, Philippines — The suspected pedophile could see people banging on his front door through his security cameras. In his computer were videos and images of young boys and girls engaged in sex acts.
Penciled on the wall, someone had scrawled “My Mom and Dad love me” and a broken heart.
“I’m just a costumer,” he said at first, as if the leather wrist restraints and ropes in the second bedroom were just for dress-up.