“He was recruited with the promise of receiving big income,” the official said.
The money was deposited to a money transfer facility owned by Regalachuela’s daughter.
The young women involved in the scam were required to make friends with the victims but were never required to perform sexual acts, Sosa said.
The gang threatens victims with public humiliation through the uploading of their lewd videos to the Internet. Joana Fabro said one of the rescued minors was a young boy who earned P70,000 in his first three days at work with the gang.
Cecilia Caparas-Regalachuela, a businesswoman from Tondo, Manila, and her alleged accomplices Rommel Manucon, Glen Bautista, Rachel Manicon, Mark Andre Rafol, Jenny Espiritu, Randy Espiritu and Mark Tabuso, all residents of San Jose del Monte City and Norzagaray. Gilbert Sosa, head of the Philippine National Police anticybercrime group (ACG), said Regalachuela was the suspected leader of the gang, which targeted mostly Asians from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macau.
The raiding teams seized 106 units of electronic devices, including mobile phones, computer laptops, data storage devices and a camera.
ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan—Police said they had broken up a suspected cybersex gang in Bulacan province that, they said, had been blackmailing foreigners, who were lured into performing sexual acts online, and could have amassed up to P100 million from the illegal activity.
Eight people were arrested on Thursday in a series of raids in San Jose del Monte City and Norzagaray town.
The police also seized weapons from the suspects’ houses.
Sosa said the group might have extorted up to P100 million from foreigners, who did not want their recorded sexual activities to be posted online.
Sosa said the gang lured their victims through social networking sites, using the young women.
He said the syndicate would demand a minimum of ,000 (P135,000) from the victims.