For allegedly running a child sex abuse website in the Philippines, a British tourist was detained.
After spent nine years in prison in the UK in 2013, John Crotty, 64, of Cardiff, Wales, relocated to the impoverished Southeast Asian nation in February of this year.
He allegedly started a website and social media profiles when he relocated to the Philippines, using them to share pornographic images and stream live performances of young Filipino girls showing off.
On September 15, police searched Crotty’s leased cottage in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental province, and detained him.
The British man is confronted by members of the Philippine Immigration Department’s Fugitive Search Unit in his home and asked to gather his travel documents before being led to their office, as seen on video.
Ansari Maca-ayan, a regional director of the Bureau of Immigration’s intelligence division, said: ‘The suspect is facing charges for arranging and facilitating Filipino children to commit sexual prostitution online.’
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The investigator claimed that the suspect preyed on his alleged victims’ poverty by promising large sums of money to their parents in exchange for assisting with the abuse of their children.
Crotty allegedly made friends with women on social media before paying them to abuse their children in his presence.
The National Crime Agency of the UK confirmed Crotty’s entry in the Philippines on February 6, according to the British Embassy. In Tangub City, he had been cohabitating with his girlfriend, but the two have now broken up.
The British tourist has not made any public comments regarding his arrest while he is now being held by the Bureau of Immigration. He will be extradited to the UK, where he will be charged because he is listed on the sex offenders register.
“This is a clear reminder that our nation is not a safe haven for foreign offenders,” Ansari continued. The Philippine police are constantly on the lookout for criminals who are here in this country to take advantage of our hospitality.’
- Tijani Pepper is a news reporter at Panel News, and gistreportar. He is a passionate journalist in Politics, Sports development and investigative journalism.
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