However, also included on the list of punishable offenses under this new act is cybersex and some harsh new punishments for libel.
Buyers of the video streams paid what law enforcement has so far identified as £37,500 ($61,684). The British National Crime Agency said in a statement that the investigation has led to 17 arrests in the UK, which have in turn led to 5 convictions and 9 ongoing investigations.
One of the arrests required no further action, while two of the individuals are now dead.
Police say that Ford had been paying for the live abuse of children and planned to move to the Philippines to set up an internet café.
He was sentenced in March 2013 to eight and a half years in prison.
Children’s underwear, toddler shoes, cameras, bondage cuffs, fetish ropes, meth pipes and stacks of hard drives and photo albums cluttered the stuffy, two-bedroom townhouse.
” from the laptop on his bed, the Philippines National Bureau of Investigation smashed their way into his cybersex den.However, the law doesn't make a distinction between consensual and non-consensual acts, which means consenting adults could also find themselves breaking this law.The suspected paedophile could see people banging on his front door through his security cameras. In his computer were videos and images of young boys and girls engaged in sex acts.The Philippines is today making headlines around the world after President Benigno Aquino III signed a law that bans cybersex as part of a cybercrime prevention tactic.The act, signed last Wednesday, September 12, prohibits the "willful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation, direction or indirectly, of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favor or consideration." The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 aims to cut down on cybercrime by making certain acts such as cyber-squatting, computer-related forgery and identity theft, and child pornography, illegal.The crime ring’s UK customers paid over £5,351 (,802) for the video streams, police said.