Cybersex is Now Illegal in the Philippines

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
    Guess I'm not going to live in the Philippines after all.
  • soundping
    The "libel" part is where the censorship will come from. Bloggers need to fear that one.
  • southernshark
    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.

  • devotiecon
    I'd would have been put to death if I lived over there...
  • bigdog44
    There goes 98% of their internet traffic...
  • greghome
  • uglynerdman
    no wonder ppl want to leave
  • bison88
    Where's the picard facepalm when you need him?
  • idroid
    Damn 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.