Aunties and teen sex online

13 Dec

FRED DE SAM LAZARO: At the police cyber-crime center, officer Ivy Castillo explained one of the many ways that vulnerable young women are tricked into the trade. It has all the trappings of a glamorous fashion model agency, especially to a young rural Filipina girl.IVY CASTILLO: At first, they are requested to send this image.Recent studies have shown that anywhere from 100 to more than 300 thousand Filipinos are trafficked each year; 80 percent, four out of five, are under the age of 18.The government, under international pressure, has stepped up enforcement.Lewis told the girls to perform sex acts on the man and took video.Then they drove him a short distance and released him.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Fischer saw it differently. The fact is, human-trafficking victims don’t hold people at gunpoint.” Are teens who get caught up in prostitution – and then are charged with related crimes – victims or perpetrators?

It’s something that happens online on a daily basis — sometimes an hourly basis.

And it’s so common, it’s become a regular part of teen culture.

Take, for example, the 13-year-old embroiled in the Doug Richards trial, which ended last week with a not guilty verdict.

Richards' defence was that he had reasonably believed her claim that she was over the age of consent.