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Tech turns Filipino families into cybersex child traffickers

Kieran Guilbert, Thomson Reuters Foundation  |  Published:  |  Modified:

It was the half-naked girls running from room to room upon her arrival that made Filipina teenager Ruby fear the cyber cafe job she had been offered online might, in fact, be a sinister scam.

Ruby's doubts turned to despair when her new employers - a husband and wife - dragged her in front of a computer and webcam and explained that her work would entail stripping and performing sex acts for paying customers across the globe.

"It was like a bomb exploded," Ruby, now 21, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an empty church in Tagaytay city in the Philippines. "I had seen cybersex dens in TV shows and movies, but I didn't know that they existed in real life."

"I had been totally fooled," Ruby added. "I was forced to do things you could not imagine a 16-year-old having to endure"...

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