Child pornography cases in Oro ‘very strong’

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Friday, January 24, 2014


BARANGAY Carmen in Cagayan de Oro City has “very strong” cases of child pornography according to an officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Northern Mindanao Region.

Unit head of DSWD’s community based programs, Gloria Mosqueda, said even the barangay officials of Carmen reported that children are being used as materials for pornography.

“The village council members know the situation -- there are child trafficking and pornography cases reported in the area,” said Mosqueda.

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She said in Carmen, just by mere exposure of (private parts) in video cameras online, the actors of child pornography can generate money.

Mosqueda said two Carmen village officials reported the said pornography in an activity at the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) where issues and concerns on child labor were tackled sometime in the last quarter of 2013.

However, Sheila Lumbatan, barangay secretary of Carmen, told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro that there were no reported cases of child pornography in the village.

“But we have records of child abuse though,” added Lumbatan.

However, Lumbatan did not discount the possibility that child pornography could be happening in Carmen.

Lumbatan also thought that if such activities are happening in the village it must have been done privately.

“The police officers can hardly detect these cases because they are done inside the houses,” said Mosqueda.

She said some parents would consent their children to pornography to earn.

Nida Paña, social welfare officer IV of the city social welfare and development (CSWD), confirmed that some couples allow this to happen for income.

She heard that some parents are aware but they are not directly involved in child trafficking or pornography online.

Mosqueda also believes that operators of child pornography have links abroad since most of the customers are foreigners.

“It is possible that there are organized activities on child pornography and there are some that operate privately in their homes,” said Mosqueda.

Paña added they are only limited to “hearsays” because there is no way to prove the cases.

Mosqueda said that in the region there are very limited cases that were reported in DSWD.

She added that cases of child pornography are often associated with child trafficking based on their records.

Mosqueda furthered there was a case before where the victims came from Gingoog City but were apprehended in Butuan City. There was also a case recorded in Ozamiz city.

Paña also said there are cases of child trafficking five years ago.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 24, 2014.

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