A paedophile hunter who helped authorities snare Peter Scully says children are 'conditioned' to turn up to cybersex dens in the Philippines every day and obey instructions from predators around the globe.
Jeremy Douglas, regional representative of the UNODC, said recent intelligence showed a shift in child sex abuse webcam centers to Thailand from the Philippines, where authorities have tried to crack down on the illegal trade.
David Timothy Deakin's arrest April 20, and the rescue of two girls, is one of the largest seizures of potentially illicit digital content in the Philippines.
Authorities are reviewing about 30 hard drives, as well as numerous computers, to find suspected buyers and victims.
Deakin's arrest on April 20 reveals one of the darkest corners of the internet, where pedophiles in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia pay facilitators on the other side of the world to sexually abuse children, even babies, directing their moves through online livestreaming services.
The relatively new crime of webcam sex tourism is spreading rapidly, with new digital technologies sparking what the United Nations calls an "alarming growth of new forms of child sexual exploitation online." The FBI says it's epidemic, and that at any given moment, 750,000 child predators are online.