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Pedophile Arrest Reveals Rising Cases of Child Abuse

The arrest of David Timothy Deakin on April 20 by the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation has revealed one of the darkest corners of the Internet, where pedophiles in the US, Europe and elsewhere pay facilitators in the Philippines to sexually abuse children, even babies, directing their moves through online live streaming services. This relatively new crime -- webcam sex tourism -- is spreading rapidly. The FBI says it is epidemic, and that at any given moment, 750,000 child predators are online. Almost every case stems from the Philippines, where good English speakers, increased Internet connections and widespread international cash transfer systems combine with widespread poverty and easy access to vulnerable kids. The proliferation of crimes, along with new mandatory reporting, led to 8.2 million reports last year to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s CyberTipline related to online child sexual exploitation. That compares with 8.3 million reports in the 17 years prior.

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