Negros bats for own cyber crime unit

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BACOLOD CITY: Negros Island Region (NIR) needs its own cyber crime unit to deal with rising cybersex cases in the region, Chief Supt. Edmund Gonzales, Philippine National Police (PNP) regional director said.

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Gonzales said he will send a formal request to the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, in Quezon City to form an anti-cyber crime unit in NIR or deploy personnel with expertise in stopping cyber crimes.

He pointed out that the PNP’s cyber crime division can extend its duties outside Metro Manila and even abroad via the International Police Organization or Interpol.

“Maybe if they can send two or three police cyber experts then that would be good. Their coverage is boundless so even if they operate in Camp Crame they can still function here in the NIR,” he said.

Gonzales request came after police rescued six minors from a suspected cybersex den last week in Barangay 26 here and arrested its alleged maintainer who was earlier charged for violation of the cybercrime law, child abuse and human trafficking.

The cybersex den was the second to be raided since May by operatives of the Bacolod City Police Office, the City Department of Social Services and the Development and the Women and Children Protection Center-Visayas.

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