Sex tourism has long been a scourge in the Philippines. But now there's a disturbing new trend in the trafficking of mostly young women and children: vulnerable victims are being lured online and tricked into the trade. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports. Next: a disturbing new trend in the trafficking of mostly young women and children into the sex trade. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from the Philippines on what police call cyber-trafficking. Sex tourism has long been a scourge in the Philippines, an industry that thrives on trafficked human beings and deep poverty in this nation of million.
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The billionaire banker, 66, pleaded not guilty to an array of sex trafficking charges after prosecutors accused him of abusing girls as young as 14 in a "vast network of underage victims. Epstein - who used to socialise with the likes of Prince Andrew, the Clintons and Donald Trump - appeared in court today to contest the charges. He showed up wearing a blue jail uniform after spending the night at a federal lock-up in Manhattan. He faces up to 45 years in prison if he is found guilty on both counts of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. It alleges that Epstein "sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls" at his homes in various locations. The document claims the year-old would pay girls "hundreds of dollars" to perform sex acts with him and would also pay certain victims "to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused.
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His case has drawn national scrutiny, but North Carolina's controversial law isn't unique. States require people convicted of various sex-related offenses to publicly register as sex offenders. They don't always make exceptions for kids, even if their cases are adjudicated in juvenile court. Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel at the Juvenile Law Center, said that youth are unlikely to get in trouble for possessing nude selfies. Possessing a nude photo of yourself does not really fit that definition or concern ," she told The Huffington Post.
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