Online child sex ring alarms Church official

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MANILA, Feb. 19, 2014— A church official on Wednesday expressed concern over the proliferation of Internet child porn operation in the country, following a raid of an alleged cybersex den at a school.

Fr. Conegundo Garganta of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Youth said the government must do everything to curb child abuse and cybersex crime in the Philippines.

The priest also urged the Education department to revoke the permit of the Mountaintop Christian Academy if proven that it allowed cybersex to operate inside the school.

“By all means DepEd (Department of Education) must revoke the permit to such school. The offense is a grave threat to the safety of minors,” Garganta said.

Authorities yesterday arrested nine people following a raid at the said school believed to be used for cybersex operations.

The National Bureau of Investigation also confiscated 50 computers and external drives containing adult and child pornographic materials that suspects uploaded online.

Garganta called on the DepEd to immediately address the issue so it will not happen again in other schools.

“Random checking of schools means skipping who might actually be on this. DepEd should have a comprehensive plan to address such issue. Parents and students must be vigilant too,” he said. (CBCPNews)

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