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.
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Td H described how the predators would try to get the “girls” to turn on their webcams (cameras). When they did turn on the webcam, the researchers used a virtual image named “Sweetie,” who identified herself as being Filipino, either from Manila or Cebu.
Td H released its findings to the public together with a call on governments to take more forceful action against the predators.
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What was so striking, and yet did not seem to have too much impact in the Philippines, was the use of a virtual Filipino girl as decoy.
Last week the exposé again made headlines in the Philippines, this time with pledges from as high as Malacañang to crack down.
Ibabao is a sleepy seaside village located 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) south of the Philippine capital Manila.