PH Court convicts American citizen for life imprisonment for child porn, trafficking

PH Court convicts American citizen for life imprisonment for child porn, trafficking

The International Justice Mission (IJM) released its study that the Philippines is the world’s largest known source of online child sexual exploitation. 
Poverty fuels such abuse.

So the news that an American child sex offender being convicted by the Angeles City Pampanga Regional Trial Court Branch 58 Judge Irineo Pangilinan Jr. is a welcome news to the country.

Judge Pangilinan Jr. convicted American citizen David Timothy Deakin guilty of large-scale human trafficking. He was ordered to pay a fine of P2 million. He must also pay each victim P500,000 for moral damages and P100,000 for exemplary damages.

American citizen David Timothy Deakin guilty of large-scale human trafficking
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National Bureau of Investigation arrested Deakin in 2017 in Mabalacat, Pampanga, in a operation reported by the Associated Press as “one of the largest seizures of potentially illicit digital content in the country.”

Two girls were rescued during the operation, which were believed to be exploited to sell videos, images and livestreams. A hard drives containing child sexual exploitation materials, sex toys and drug-use paraphernalia were the things seized during the operation.

“A referral from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed that Deakin was sexually abusing Filipino children, recording the abuse and selling it to foreign customers online,” the International Justice Mission said in a statement.

NBI Anti-Human Trafficking Division chief Janet Francisco was quoted in a statement from the IJM as saying: “Let this sentence be a message to [Online Sexual Exploitation of Children] criminals: This is a war you can’t win.”
Atty. Kathleen Piccio-Labay, lead lawyer of IJM-Manila Field Office, meanwhile hailed the Deakin conviction, rendered electronically by the court amid this pandemic, as inspiring.
“This proves that international cooperation is truly indispensable in fighting a hidden crime that transcends national borders,” she added.

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