Human rights groups estimate that tens of thousands of children in the Philippines alone are forced to perform sexual acts in Internet cafes or their homes.
Some families have started the cybersex business with only a laptop.
In countries like the Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia, abject poverty and a growing digital infrastructure are contributing to its expansion.
In 2015, Southeast Asia had over 1.6 million Internet users.
One of the most shocking aspects of the rise in Philippine cybersex trafficking is that pornography is technically illegal there.
Furthermore, cybersex dens aren’t necessarily restricted to the red light districts and big cities associated with traditional sex tourism.
This relatively new crime, webcam sex tourism, is spreading rapidly.
The United Nations describes “alarming growth of new forms of child sexual exploitation online.” The FBI says it’s epidemic, and that at any given moment, 750,000 child predators are online.
Penciled on the wall, someone had scrawled “My Mom and Dad love me.” In his computer were videos and images of young boys and girls engaged in sex acts.“Why is everyone asking about children coming into my house?The cybersex industry is a billion-dollar business worldwide.And it is expanding in developing countries such as the Philippines, where more children are being abused due to rampant poverty and a growing cyber network.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.There have been as many as three busts a week there this spring.Based on statistics released by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), there were at least 20,000 elephants killed world wide by poachers in 2013 for their ivory tusks.