Briones: Cordova’s bane

WHAT'S going on in Cordova? For a small municipality in Mactan Island, it certainly is home to a number of sexual deviants.

Oh wait, I should take that back. I don't want to be unfair to the other residents who conform to the social norms.

But it's hard to ignore facts that in the past few years, Cordova has become the mecca for cyberporn. And not just your run-of-the-mill smut, mind you, but one that specializes in minors.

According to the report of Sun.Star Cebu's Kevin A. Lagunda, some 20 minors were rescued from three barangays in the town between 2011 and 2013.

The problem had become so rampant that it attracted the attention of German news magazine Der Spiegel in February 2014, which surprised then mayor Adelino Sitoy.

Der Spiegel must have come upon the results of the study children's rights advocate Terre des Hommes (TDH) Netherlands conducted on predators seeking webcam sex performers from children on public chat rooms, which were released in November 2013.

The TDH's report focuses “specifically on child victims in the Philippines, which appears to be where Webcam Child Sex Tourism (WCST) is most widespread.”

I don't know if the report mentioned Cordova but the magazine must have zeroed in on the town because of its association with cyberporn involving minors.

The report also revealed that WCST “often involves young children who do not report the crimes of predators because they and their families are dependent on the income provided by their involvement in this sexual exploitation.”

Ah, so that would explain why the 11 adults authorities arrested in Cordova between 2011 and 2013 were mostly parents who were operating cybersex dens.

And just last Saturday morning, another parent--this time a 22-year-old mother—was arrested by operatives of the Women and Children Protection Center 7 for taking a video of her daughters, ages five and two, while they bathed near a deep well in Barangay Buagsong.

An American national, Solomon Doz, had promised to pay her US$200, or about P9,300, for the footage, Lulu (not her real name) told Sun.Star Cebu's Kevin A. Lagunda.

What Lulu didn't know was that Doz was a police asset.

She claimed she was tempted by his offer because she was raising her children alone after she and her husband separated. That, and she also felt sorry for Doz.

...(M)iingon man siya nga mangayo siya og tabang kay horny kuno kaayo siya, mao tong niingon ko nga 'Unsa may matabang nako (he told me he needed help because he was horny, so I asked him how I could help)?'” Seriously?

I try not to pontificate about such matters, but Lulu cannot use the poverty card to justify her actions. There are so many mothers out there who share her predicament but they don't resort to pimping their children online.

The fact that she may have received as many as 70 remittances from foreigners only shows that greed motivates her actions. That, or Lulu just has a soft spot for horny foreigners.
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