19 September 2022
Due to extreme poverty, good English language & good internet access, the Philippines has been the epicentre for live streaming child sexual abuse. Project Rescue Children is in the initial process of setting up PRC Philippines.
- John Crotty, 64, from Cardiff was arrested for running a child sex abuse website
- Police detained Crotty when they raided his rented bungalow in Tangub City
- The investigator claimed Crotty preyed on his alleged victims’ poverty by promising large sums of money to their parents
This is the dramatic moment a British tourist was arrested for allegedly running a child sex abuse website in the Philippines.
John Crotty, 64, from Cardiff, Wales, was jailed in the UK for nine years in 2013 but moved to the impoverished Southeast Asian country in February this year shortly after his release from prison.
He allegedly launched a website and social media accounts which he used to distribute obscene photos and broadcast live shows of underage Filipino girls exposing themselves.
Police detained Crotty when they raided his rented bungalow in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental province on September 15.
Footage shows staff from the Philippine Immigration Department’s Fugitive Search Unit confronting the bewildered Briton in his shabby home and asking him to gather his travel documents before escorting him to their office.
Ansari Maca-ayan, a regional director of the Bureau of Immigration’s intelligence division, said: ‘The suspect is facing charges for arranging and facilitating Filipino children to commit sexual prostitution online.’
The investigator claimed that the suspect preyed on his alleged victims’ poverty by promising large sums of money to their parents in exchange for assisting with the abuse of their children.
Crotty would allegedly befriend women over social media before offering them money for them to let their children be abused while he watched.
The British Embassy said the UK’s National Crime Agency reported Crotty’s arrival to the Philippines on February 6. He had been living with his girlfriend in Tangub City, but they have since separated.
The tourist is being currently detained by the Bureau of Immigration and has not spoken publicly about his arrest. He is scheduled to be extradited to the United Kingdom, where he is on the sex offenders register, to face the charges.
Ansari added: ‘This is a clear warning that our country is not a safe haven for foreign offenders. The Philippine law enforcement is always vigilant watching criminals who are here in this country to take advantage of our hospitality.’
Crotty was jailed at Cardiff Crown Court in March 2013 for ‘arranging child prostitution in the Philippines’.
The pervert, then 54, had been living in the Rhymney Valley, talking online with Filipino mums and asking to see lewd photos of their daughters.
Chat records obtained by police allegedly showed that Crotty had solicited the women for pictures of their kids in the shower or naked in bed. Some of the mums had blocked him, calling him ‘abnormal’ and a ‘maniac,’ but others who were desperate for cash obliged his twisted requests.
In court, Crotty insisted on his innocence and claimed his friends had used his computer while he was asleep. However, the jury learned that he had actually been up all night on his desktop, contrary to his alibis.
He was sentenced to nine years in jail for child prostitution, possessing indecent photos of children, and commissioning child sex offences. He was released in 2021.