Two Swedish males arrested in 2009 have now been arrested for running a cybersex operation in the Philippines. Bo Stefan Sederholm (31) and Emil Andreas Solemo (35) were both found guilty of trafficking charges.
This is all part of a current crackdown on anti-trafficking which has seen a high increase in activity and pressure from countries like the U.S. who have invested around $9million in anti trafficking funds for the Philippines.
The sentences of “life” has sent a message to the cybersex industry in the Philippines that it is unaccepted and will not be tolerated by the Authorities. Three Filipino’s were also jailed for 20 years for assisting the Swedes in their operations dealing primarily in the internet and payment systems.
"Disrespect for Filipino women and violations of our laws deserve the strongest condemnations from this court," Ms Salcedo quoted from the judge’s ruling.
"It will not shirk from its duty to impose the most severe of penalties against anybody, be he a foreign national or a citizen of this country, who tramples upon the dignity of a woman by taking advantage of her vulnerability."
The arrests began when a building in Kauswagan, Mindanao was raided in April of 2009. Seventeen naked girls were found in front of computer screens several of them under aged and described that they had been forced into performing cybersex. For this work the women received P15,000 per month in salary.
The main concern for the authorities is not only the pace at which this industry is expanding in the Philippines but also the way that many under aged girls are being forced into the trade. All internet sex is classed as pornography in the Philippines and as such is illegal.
On an important point here I would like to add personally is that the Philippines authorities believe trafficking is a “Foreigner” problem and not localized which is why they are targeting foreigners over Filipinos doing the same thing. As I have covered before you only have to look at the Bikini bars to see who owns most of the buildings to get an idea of how much Filipino’s are as much a part of the problem as foreigners operating in the Islands.