Operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation nabbed 53 year-old American David Timothy Deakin in Mabalacat, Pampanga last April 20.
In what seems to be one of the largest seizures of a cybersex den in the Philippines, authorities had retrieved around 30 hard drives, a tablet containing more than 4,000 contacts and computers containing videos and images of young children engaged in sexual acts.
Children’s underwear, toddler shoes, cameras, bondage cuffs and meth pipes were also found inside his two-bedroom townhouse. Two girls aged 9 and 11 years old were rescued by the police.
It has been reported that Deakin had exploited kids aged 12 and below and even a 2-month old baby.
He was caught in the act of streaming illicit content through the anonymous Tor network and was about to rid his phone of data.
While being apprehended, Deakin denied allegations about him inviting children in his house and that all the explicit images found in his computer might have just slipped in when he was downloading massive files through BitTorrent, a known portal for cybersex patrons and operators.
According to the FBI, child pornography is a worldwide epidemic happening in various parts of the world and the internet is home to at least 750,000 child predators who log on all at the same time seeking explicit photos of children or live shows and operators exploiting children to do lewd acts before a camera.
Deakin’s arrest just verifies the modus of pedophiles to pay facilitators in countries such as the Philippines where there is lax internet regulation and various cash transfer modes and services to sexually abuse children even babies in online live streaming services.
Cybersex operators would usually scout for street children and would promise food and shelter in exchange for performing sexual acts before clients online.
It was in 2013 when online sex exploitation of children gained global attention. Researchers from the Netherlands launched a realistic-looking animation of Sweetie, a supposed 10-year old Filipino girl. The researchers took the fake girl to chat groups and online forums. In a span of 10 weeks, they were able to identify 1,000 men from 71 countries who had tried to download the images.