The Philippines has long been known to be a country with high rates of sexual exploitation and tourism.In the recent years, with the evolution of technology and the increasing access of people to the internet all around the world, the sexual exploitation industry has also changed its business to become more digital.

To date, Filipino authorities like the NBI, National Bureau of Investigation, have had limited impact trying to identify and stop the criminals.

A BBC investigation exposed cybersex dens where children were abused, and how these were becoming popular in the south of Philippines.

Neighbors of such places claimed at that time to be shocked about what was going on inside these dens, yet investigations throw that in one particular case at least 80 houses in the area were involved in the trade.

Both have carried countless and terrible consequences, not only for the Filipino society, but for thousands of victims around the world.

Abuse to any human being is unfortunate, but probably the one that shocks us the most is child abuse.

The cybersex industry in the Philippines identified a niche willing to pay good money: pedophiles.

There have been many reports on adults from around the world who pay to watch Filipino children being sexually abused.

Children are forced to perform on-demand acts guided by the pedophiles, and are often paid little money in return, while the criminals behind this crime make big bucks.

Many people find in cybersex their only way to survive or to help their extremely poor families.

Investigators in Cebu estimate that tens of thousands of children are victims of the trade.

Pedophiles are able to pay through methods that protect their anonymity, like Bitcoin, making it harder for authorities to keep a track on the criminals behind it.