DAVAO CITY, Oct. 7 (PIA) - Online prostitution is luring in more sex workers, making it more difficult for non-government organizations such as Lawig Bubai and Talikala to monitor their activities.
"We have identified pimps that prey on minor online, however, these are digital persons and maybe these accounts are dummy accounts," Jeannette Ampog executive director of Talikala, an NGO which helps prostituted women and children.
Ampog said with the internet, it is now more difficult to track women and children involved in prostitution as the transactions are done online.
"Modern na kaayo ang smartphones, pwede na sila didto magtransact hulat nalang sila sa balay (The smartphones are now modern, they can transact thru their phones and wait in their homes)", she said
Ampog said gone are the days when prostituted women are found on the streets waiting for their clients.
Among the applications used is Facebook messenger where they communicate with the prospects including the sending or exchange of photos online.
Ampog also said that pimps have been marketing prostituted women online. They monitored a page called Davao Walkers which are marketing prostituted women online. Ampog's group have reported the page to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police.
She warned the parents to monitor the online activities of their children as they could be victimized or exploited by those engaged in online prostitution.
Ampog is also urging the Davao City Government to be strict on Pisonet or coin operated internet cafes which could be the venues for these transactions. (PIA/RG Alama)