There is a big problem when it comes to media in the Philippines as they will often open up with speculative arrests with loosely put together information as if its a tight clad conviction. Yet from the Expat community you often here that nearly everyone who gets caught is an innocent party framed by the local PNP (Police) or that there was some kind of misunderstanding but how much are by accident or even more so how much is it the Expat is actually guilty?
The odd thing is very few stories ever seem to be followed all the way through as one thing I found doing research myself over the years is its often more complex than it first seems and most of the time the Expat has been doing something they shouldn’t be. A big part of this is that many don’t see what they are doing as wrong and if you take for example Joseph Christian Bogo who was arrested for the “naked cat fighting” where he told police it was for personal consumption and in the last couple of days someone sent over this link :- http://www.clips4sale.com/41276 I can’t show any images due to not knowing the ages of the people competing in the videos that are being “SOLD”. But wasn’t he doing this to give the girls some extra money? Maybe P1,000? but hang on he’s selling the videos from nearly $30 upwards per clip wonder if they are aware the videos are being sold internationally?
Now the thing for me is do not contest if its right or wrong simply because its just strange but the fact many, many people get caught doing things like this all the time then swear innocence and often Expats will give them a bit of moral support although the rise of the internet also means often Expats stick the nails in the coffin by being able to track things down easier than a lot of the local police can. There are more people coming with a different mindset and a different outlook on how to make a living and it doesn’t involve exploitation of local children or other members of the public.
But anyone that is thinking of doing something odd or something business related it does pay to work out the legalities of things but also using a bit of common sense goes a long way as well.