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British paedophiles are paying to watch the abuse of children in the Philippines via webcams, a BBC investigation has found.


In one case, a British man organised the sexual abuse of five children from the same family.


Charities believe tens of thousands of children are victims of the trade.


On Thursday, Britain's National Crime Agency will reveal how it is working with the American, Australian and Philippine police to target abusers.


A BBC team travelled to the slum of Ibabao, near Cebu City in the south of the country.

'Easy money'


Local charities call it the "epicentre" of the trade.


For our own safety, we had a police escort; one of the officers carried an assault rifle.


Officer Denis Comunay, who regularly patrols the slum, told us: "You can get easy money from the cybersex."


He showed us a small house, with a corrugated iron roof.


It was almost empty inside apart from a dirty mattress on the floor and electric sockets hanging from the ceiling.


It was what he calls a cybersex den.


"Fathers and mothers would bring their children here to show, and would get paid by the owner of the house," he said.


He explained the property owner forced her own children to "perform" for foreigners using a webcam.


Other people in the community who heard there was money to be made then brought their children too.


At a house nearby there were family photos on the walls, washing still hanging on the line, but it was deserted.


It too was raided by police - a child of two was taken into care.



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