Couple earn P25T after performing sex online-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
BY HAVING sex with her husband in front of a webcam, Melanie (not her real name) could earn as much as P25,000 in just a few hours.
Cyberporn is so lucrative that she bought three computer units and invited her nieces to her house to perform lewd acts before foreigners.
Melanie, 42, operated a cybersex den in Barangay Ibabao, Cordova for five years. She quit in 2011 following the first anti-cybersex operation in Ibabao.
She said she resorted to cyberporn to meet her family’s needs. Her income as a banana vendor and her husband’s as a multicab driver were not enough to raise their five children.
“Practical na lang gyud mi. Nananghid gyud ko sa Birhen sa Regla nga wa na gyud koy lain paagi aron makakwarta (We had to be practical. I prayed to the Virgin of the Rule and told her we had no other means to earn),” she said.
A friend asked her one day if she knew how to use a computer then introduced her to cyberporn. She gave her the name of a website where she could chat with foreigners.
At first, she did cyberporn in a private room of an internet café. Then she decided to
buy a computer unit so she could do it at home.
Later on she bought more computer units and invited girls to her house.
She had stay-in performers, some of them minors, who earned not less than P2,000 each day. They shared three computer units. The foreigners sent the payment through money
Melanie took half of their daily earnings. “Mura ko ug bugaw (I was like a pimp),” she said, adding that she bribed tanods and police officers so they wouldn’t apprehend her.
Mothers would come to her house and ask her to let their daughters use her computers for cyberporn.
It was around 2009, Melanie said, when foreigners started demanding younger performers.
But she said she never exposed her children to cybersex. “Kung akong gigamit akong mga bata, dili na unta ko manguha sa akong mga pag-umangkon (If I used my children, I wouldn’t have enlisted my nieces),” she said.
Her eldest daughter is 24 years old, while the youngest is 14.
But she and her husband sometimes performed sex in front of the webcam.
Melanie said operating a cybersex den helped her send her eldest daughter to a private university. She sent the younger ones to private elementary and high schools.
“Nakapabuhat gyud ko sa among balay tungod ato (I was able to finish our house because of [cyberporn]),” she said.
Melanie said she developed a lavish lifestyle as her income grew.
But she decided to quit when a couple was arrested in Ibabao in 2011 for operating a cybersex den.
She sold her computers and got a job at the barangay hall. “Nihangyo gyud ko sa kapitan nga papatrabahuon ko (I begged the barangay captain to give me a job).”
Her eldest daughter had to stop after her second year in the university because Melanie could no longer support her studies.
She also transferred her younger children to a public school.
“Nalubong na ko ron sa utang pero sige na lang (I’m now buried in debt now that’s okay),” she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 07, 2013.