The criminal groups would then secretly record the footage, before threatening to expose the victims to their friends and families unless they handed over between US0 and US,000.Hong Kong police inspector Louis Kwan Chung-yin said more than 470 people from Hong Kong were blackmailed in this way last year, while about 160 had been stung so far this year.“But the victim had no idea the so-called live video he was watching was a pre-recorded clip prepared by the gangs,” said Lin.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies stated in 2003 that there were more than 1.5 million street children in the Philippines and many end up in prostitution and drug trafficking in places such as Manila and Angeles City.
In 2010, an estimated 60,000 to 100,000 children in the Philippines were involved in prostitution rings, according to Minette Rimando, a spokeswoman for the U.
Nearly all victims were male, with ages ranging from 14 to 66.
The number of cases saw a more than 50 per cent year-on-year increase and is more than 12 times the 60 cases reported for the whole of 2012.
Victims came from all over the world, including a Scottish teenager who committed suicide after being blackmailed.
One local victim paid up to US,000 to keep compromising material private.
"You better be prepared for the consequences of your actions because as you can see we have made a commitment to work together," Interpol's Virmani told reporters.
In an effort to deal with the problem, the Philippines passed R. 9208, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, a penal law against human trafficking, sex tourism, sex slavery and child prostitution.
The gangs created social media accounts on which they posed as attractive Asian women and befriended victims.