cybersex banned The Philippines bans cybersex

The Philippines has banned cybersex, introducing fines and up to six months in jail for anyone found guilty of the new digital crime.

The Philippines has banned cybersex, introducing fines and up to six months in jail for anyone found guilty of the new digital crime.

 
The outlawing of cybersex was signed into law by President Benigno Aquino on Saturday as part of the 2012 Cybercrime Prevention Act, which also covers a range of new computer crimes, including internet libel.
 
In relation to cybersex, the legislation covers “the wilful engagement, maintenance, control, or operation, directly or indirectly, of any lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favour or consideration.”
 
cybersex banned The Philippines bans cybersex
 
The law came about due to a growing industry of “cam girls,” who perform sexual acts in front of webcams for a price. Young women, including those below legal age, are often forced into this line of work, prompting this hard line approach taken by the country's government.
 
However, it is not clear if an individual may or may not engage in cybersex in a purely personal, non-profit manner. For example, a husband and wife may enjoy such activity if either are away on a business trip and unable to meet in person. The wording of the law suggests an outright ban, but context may affect any judicial rulings on the matter.
 
The move will require the Philippine National Police to set up a cybercrime unit, and for specially trained judges to oversee new cybercrime courts. Those who perform cybersex in the country now face up to six months in jail and a fine the equivalent of $6,000.
 
Source: BBC