Bataan: Members of the National Bureau of Investigation and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission swooped down on four computer shops and two barracks in this town on Wednesday night and arrested 44 people suspected of being involved in cybersex.
Confiscated were more than 50 computer sets and other paraphernalia in the shops located in Barangay Bonifacio, Dinalupihan.
“Initially, violation of Section 4-C of Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Law is what we will charge them,” said lawyer Ronald Agudo, NBI Cybercrime Division chief. The suspects will be brought for inquest at the provincial prosecutor’s office.
Agudo said that the computer workers were into computer-related cybersex.
“Nagbebenta sila ng pornographic sites at may naka-save na materials na may pornography. They pretend to be women at nagpapadala silang nude pictures to convince foreigners to become members of the site,” the NBI official explained.
Agudo said that forensic experts will see if the suspects were into child porn. “Pero, kahit child or adult porn, violation pa rin sa batas [But even if it is child or adult porn, it is still a violation of the law].”
Agudo said that the NBI is still validating if the suspects were involved in extortion. “If proven, we will file appropriate charges.”
It was learned that most of the victims of the cybersex were from the United States, Britain and other countries in Europe.
Bryan Menor, caretaker of one of the computer shops, said those arrested were not using webcams and they are communicating with foreigners by chatting. He described the obscene messages in some of the computers discovered by NBI agents as a form of script.
Nilo Cordova, owner of the two barracks where computer workers reside, said he does not know that the one who rented his establishment was using the place for illegal purposes.