The report is appalling, but many people are no longer surprised because this has been going on for so many years – decades even – with news of pedophiles flocking to resorts and other tourist attractions that offer entertainment of an erotic nature.If one can remember, Pagsanjan – which is famous for its waterfalls – gained notoriety sometime in the ’90s as a “tropical paradise for pedophiles” and was even described by international gay magazines as a place where one can “shoot the rapids by day and shoot the boys at night.” If one were to go by reports from the BBC, the CNN and even local news networks, not a lot seems to have changed since then, with sex trafficking victims mostly coming from the depressed and rural areas in the country.An estimated 400,000 of the victims are women while 100,000 are children, with 80 percent of them female under 18.

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CNN and BBC recently carried a horrific story about the busting of an international child prostitution ring that has been victimizing Filipino children.

Codenamed “Operation Endeavor,” British, Australian and US authorities have been working with Filipino counterparts since 2012 to uncover those behind the sex syndicate which operates across the US, Asia and countries in Europe that include the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland.

Apparently, the investigation was triggered when British police discovered offensive videos involving children in the computer of a registered sex offender.

Sadly, most of the children in the videos recorded from webcams were Filipino, some as young as six years old, performing indecent acts, to put it mildly.

With her family needing money to send her ailing father to the hospital, the girl went with a recruiter thinking she would work as a helper in a restaurant – but ended up as a sex slave in a brothel, servicing as many as a dozen men in a day.

Worse, she was forced to go to extreme lengths to trick customers into thinking she was a virgin and fetch higher pay, describing in gruesome detail how she would insert a cotton ball dipped in (bird) blood into her organ.

She was eventually rescued after several weeks, but as the report noted, the damage – physically, emotionally and psychologically – had been done.

Unfortunately, technology has become a catalyst in the proliferation of child prostitution, with syndicates utilizing the Internet to set up cybersex dens where children are forced to “perform” in front of a webcam and the “performance” streamed live to a global audience.

It’s a lucrative business, with operators only needing to spend for Internet access, a small room and a mattress.