A British tourist has been arrested for allegedly running a child sex abuse website in the Philippines.
John Crotty, 64, from Cardiff, Wales, moved to the impoverished Southeast Asian country in February this year after serving nine years in prison in the UK in 2013.
When he moved to the Philippines, he allegedly started a website and social media accounts which he used to distribute lewd photos and broadcast live shows of underage Filipino girls exposing themselves.
Police arrested Crotty during a raid on his rented bungalow in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental province on September 15.
Footage shows staff from the Philippine Department of Immigration’s Fugitive Tracing Unit confronting the Briton at his home and asking him to gather his travel documents before escorting him to their office.
Ansari Maca-ayan, Regional Director of the Bureau of Immigration’s Intelligence Division, said: “The suspect is accused of organizing and assisting Filipino children into sexual prostitution online.”
The investigator claimed that the suspect relied on the poverty of his alleged victims by promising large sums of money to their parents in exchange for helping them abuse their children.
Crotty would befriend women on social media before offering them money to let their children be abused while he watched.
The British Embassy said the UK’s National Crime Agency reported Crotty’s arrival in the Philippines on February 6. He lived with his girlfriend in Tangub City, but they have since separated.
The tourist is currently being held by the Bureau of Immigration and has not spoken publicly about his arrest. He is to be extradited to the UK, where he is on the sex offender register, to face the charges.
Ansari added: “This is a clear warning that our country is no haven for foreign offenders.” Philippine law enforcement is always vigilant and watching out for criminals who are here in this country to take advantage of our hospitality.