‘Cybercrime law helps fight human trafficking’

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Thursday, September 20, 2012


VICE Governor Agnes Magpale welcomed the new law against cyber-crimes, saying this will strengthen laws on human trafficking, which uses the Internet.

As co-chair of the Provincial Women’s Commission (PWC), Magpale welcomed the newly-signed Republic Act (RA) 10175 or Cybercrime Prevention Act since the law covers criminal acts in the Internet and social networking sites.

“This is more comprehensive,” said Magpale, though some journalists, she said, are questioning some of the provisions on libel.

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Before the Cybercrime Prevention Act was signed into law last week, PWC and other authorities used other laws to pursue criminals. These are RA 7610 or anti-child abuse law and RA 9208 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 and RA 9775 or Anti-Child Pornography law.

Magpale said they are almost done with the case of the Cordova couple who allegedly sold nude images of their children to foreigners online. She said it is now the respondent couple’s turn to present their counter-affidavits and evidences in court.

The Cordova couple is charged with child abuse, child pornography and qualified human trafficking for using their three sons, three daughters and 16-year-old niece in cybersex transactions.

PWC sought the help of a computer forensic expert from the US Department of Homeland Security to gather evidence in their computer.

The forensic expert conducted an autopsy on the central processing unit (CPU) of the respondent couple’s computer to gather evidence to support the charges.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 20, 2012.

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