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Cybersex is Now Illegal in the Philippines

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New cybercrime law from the Philippine government making waves around the world.

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. However, also included on the list of punishable offenses under this new act is cybersex and some harsh new punishments for libel. The Electronic Frontier Foundation cites the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines as saying the new act actually broadens the scope the country's libel law, which it describes as "so antiquated and draconian that the United Nations Human Rights Council itself declared it excessive and called on the Philippine government to review the law with the end of decriminalizing libel."

Wired UK reports that the cybersex portion of the act is an effort to put a stop to sex trafficking and forced prostitution. 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.

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    xpeh , September 21, 2012 1:13 AM
    Guess I'm not going to live in the Philippines after all.
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    freggo , September 21, 2012 2:32 AM
    idroidDamn it.... stupid 3rd world countries, they suck and their people are too stupid to stand against their corrupt government, they deserve it for being so stupid.


    Which country do you live in?
    USA? Where they get a heart attack if a nipple should show itself on TV ?
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    bigdog44 , September 21, 2012 1:53 AM
    There goes 98% of their internet traffic...
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    xpeh , September 21, 2012 1:13 AM
    Guess I'm not going to live in the Philippines after all.
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    soundping , September 21, 2012 1:22 AM
    The "libel" part is where the censorship will come from. Bloggers need to fear that one.
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    southernshark , September 21, 2012 1:29 AM
    Seems like a bad decision for a poor country. I don't see the harm of Cybersex as long as people are willing and of age.

    Willing Seller/ Willing Buyer.
  • 5 Hide
    Anonymous , September 21, 2012 1:38 AM
    FAILIPINES

    LAND OF FAIL LAWS AND FAIL POLICE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRt1aNsNM0c
  • 4 Hide
    devotiecon , September 21, 2012 1:49 AM
    I'd would have been put to death if I lived over there...
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    bigdog44 , September 21, 2012 1:53 AM
    There goes 98% of their internet traffic...
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    uglynerdman , September 21, 2012 1:59 AM
    no wonder ppl want to leave
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    bison88 , September 21, 2012 2:03 AM
    Where's the picard facepalm when you need him?
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    Fire-Dragon-DoL , September 21, 2012 2:21 AM
    WTF!?!?!?!?
    Are they mad?
    Next step, will they stop every form of sex because of pedophilia?
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    esrever , September 21, 2012 2:26 AM
    Some of these comments are as stupid as the law itself...
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    freggo , September 21, 2012 2:32 AM
    idroidDamn it.... stupid 3rd world countries, they suck and their people are too stupid to stand against their corrupt government, they deserve it for being so stupid.


    Which country do you live in?
    USA? Where they get a heart attack if a nipple should show itself on TV ?
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    JOSHSKORN , September 21, 2012 2:47 AM
    bigdog44There goes 98% of their internet traffic...

    Actually I think 98% of their Internet traffic is downloading Journey songs on iTunes or somehow else...
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    amuffin , September 21, 2012 2:51 AM
    freggoWhich country do you live in?USA? Where they get a heart attack if a nipple should show itself on TV ?

    Video Games: Allows killing of all kinds, gore levels of all acceptability. (Be-heading and then blowing that head up and seeing all the brains fly everywhere)

    Show some sort of "nudity"=BANNED!

    USA.WMV
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    madjimms , September 21, 2012 2:55 AM
    Where will I find cam girls for cheap now? -_-
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    xaed , September 21, 2012 3:12 AM
    As a Filipino, I can tell you right now it doesn't mean ANYTHING.

    The government is too corrupt to have any real enforcement of this law. Anti sex-trafficking you say? Yeah Go on Google and type in "Angeles City Philippines". Watch the youtube videos of the place.

    This isn't gonna change anything.
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    QEFX , September 21, 2012 3:12 AM
    JOSHSKORNActually I think 98% of their Internet traffic is downloading Journey songs on iTunes or somehow else...



    Well Journey did have some great songs :) 
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    tjosborne , September 21, 2012 3:22 AM
    lol my dads new wife came from there. good thing this wasnt a law 5 years ago
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    army_ant7 , September 21, 2012 3:51 AM
    Quote:
    As a Filipino, I can tell you right now it doesn't mean ANYTHING.

    The government is too corrupt to have any real enforcement of this law. Anti sex-trafficking you say? Yeah Go on Google and type in "Angeles City Philippines". Watch the youtube videos of the place.

    This isn't gonna change anything.

    It's nice seeing some fellow countrymen/women around these parts. I've recently moved to the US. I really agree with you there. The Philippines sucks in terms of law enforcement. Bribing traffic enforcers is very common. The government sucks in general and the masses seem to be mostly uneducated, which doesn't mix well with democracy there.

    Piracy is another supposed illegal thing there but it's still rampant. I mean, there are these places where they are concentrated, and I don't see why law enforcement officials don't clean them out. The seem like such easy targets! Maybe because the vendors pay the police to look the other way or something. IT'S STUPID AND I HATE IT!

    If only we let the US take hold of us way back then, instead of pushing for independence. I mean, look at Japan now. :lol: 

    Though seriously, I hope they don't start observing our Skype and other video calls, even if they don't enforce the law, or if they have to, I'd prefer if true professionals do it, but I have a feeling that they might just record the streams and post them online or something. I hope not though video scandals are rampant in the PH as well.
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