Editorial: Easy cash is just 'click away'

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Friday, February 21, 2014


LAST Saturday, February 15, operatives of the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were successful in rescuing seven minors in a cybersex den in Barangay 76-A Bucana, Davao City.

These minors, who were brought to City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), were made to perform sexual acts in front of the camera in exchange for easy cash.

According to authorities, it was first time in the city that minors were involved in this activity, something that should alarm authorities since cyber prostitution appears to be a gateway to huge fortunes, especially for the likes of April Lyn Sinasap and Kristin Abaro-Sinasap who are suspected to be behind the cybersex den operation.

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These fortunes do not compel the Sinasap sisters to toil away to earn them nor do they have to carry out daunting tasks in ferreting out piles of paperwork. In other words, no sweat! 

With the aid of the Internet, and few pieces of technology like webcam and computers, money is just a click away via Skype or Yahoo Messenger. In no time, they earn thousands of pesos as fast as dollar payments from foreigners can reach their pockets through remittance centers.

In a news gathered by Sun.Star Davao Superbalita reporter Jeepy Compio, the age of the rescued victims ranges from 11 to 16 years old, so young to be abused. So young at their age where they are supposed to be molded as good citizens, not abused.

It was also reported that the proliferation of peso-net paves the way for cybersex crime, with just P1 allows anybody an access to internet. When misused, P1 can multiply to thousands of pesos in income per transaction. Such a big return of investment, isn't it?

With ROI that big, it seems appealing for few people who want to earn easy cash in exchange of their dignity and comprise others.

Technology gives us comfort, but misusing it can also cause harm. In the case of seven minors, perhaps, technology has given prostitution a new face.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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